By Alex Kapadia
Almost 17 million drivers are unaware of the minimum legal tread depth allowed for their car tyres, according to a new survey.
The alarming statistic emerges from research carried out by the AA on behalf of National Road Safety Week which gets underway on Monday 23rd November.
Andrew Howard, head of road safety for the AA, said: ‘The one component connecting a car to the road are its tyres and the fact is that 45 per cent of motorists just don’t know the legal requirement for tread depth.
“To drive safely, you need the right tyres in good condition as they affect steering, braking and acceleration – particularly at this time of the year. On a wet road, worn tyres can mean braking distances increase by up to 70 per cent.
“Latest figures show that two per cent of fatal accidents are caused by illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
“It is a legal requirement that tyres are not worn below 1.6mm, there is no mixing of radial or cross-ply tyres and that they are correctly inflated. Any one of these faults can incur substantial fines and points on your licence.”