A biting credit crunch and a blanket of snow and ice could lead to chaos on the roads if vehicle owners neglect worn and damaged tyres.
A recent YouGov survey found that 13% of drivers put off making repairs to their cars, including replacing illegal tyres, last year due to cost.
But deferring annual services and not buying critical safety components, such as tyres and brakes, is a false economy in the long run, which could lead to accidents, fines, penalty points and vehicle damage.
And the hazardous weather conditions sweeping the country are likely to exacerbate the situation.
On icy and water-logged roads, in temperatures hovering around zero, the key components of every vehicle must be in peak condition to avert accidents.
Motorists who are put off by concerns about high prices should turn to the internet to keep costs down, according to etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres fitting company.
Etyres, which has been singled out for recommendation by TV car supremo Quentin Willson, offers tyres up to 40% cheaper than leading tyres depots.
It provides a mobile service, which means the fitter goes to the customer to change the tyres. This eliminates the need for expensive depots and with lower overheads etyres can recycle savings into cheaper prices for customers.