Nearly one in five vehicles examined by etyres as part of a tyres pressure awareness campaign were found to be either damaged or below the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm.
The etyres fitters also discovered that an alarming 42% of almost 300 cars checked were driving on at least one or more under-inflated tyres, while 11% had more pressure than recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
Concern over the poor condition of the tyres was heightened because within 48 hours of carrying out the inspections in Cambridge, the region was covered in a blanket of snow and ice, which made driving with unfit tyres even more hazardous.
Worn tyres are dangerous as the car loses its grip on the road and although the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, he AA recommends that tyres be replaced when the tread depth is 2mm – especially during the winter months.
Under-inflated tyres cause high fuel-consumption and CO2 emissions and can harm the vehicles suspension, while excessive air pressure results in faster wear on treads and a hard, bumpy ride.
etyres organised the free tyre pressure checks in conjuntion with Tesco in Milton, Cambridge, and will be holding similar events around the country later this year.