By Denna Bowman
Top motoring journalist and TV personality Quentin Willson has added his voice to the Tyres Safety Month campaign which got underway last week.
The popular presenter is fronting the “lifesaver in your pocket” online video demonstrating how vehicle owners can check the tread depth on their tyres to see if they are save and legal with a 20p coin.
Willson explains: “As we approach some of the wettest months of the year, it’s essential that drivers have sufficient tread depth to keep them safe and legal.
“Without it, they could find themselves in a life threatening accident, lose their licence and face a heavy fine.
“The simplicity of the 20p test means that there is absolutely no excuse why anyone should be found driving on tyres which have illegal tread depth.”
In the video, Willson demonstrates the startling difference in stopping distances on tyres with legal and illegal tread depth. In the first test, a car performs an emergency stop in the wet on tyres which have barely legal tread depth.
The manoeuvre is then repeated using tyres of the same make and pattern, only this time with tread depth slightly below the legal minimum.
The outcome is an increase in stopping distance of 17 metres, or more than four car lengths, which could have devastating consequences.
The aim of the campaign is to help cut road deaths and accidents by encouraging motorists to look after their tyres.
Having legal tyres does not have to cost a fortune.
Willson has told readers of his Daily Mirror column and Sense magazine that etyres can save vehicle owners money because their mobile fitting service offers cheaper tyres without compromising on quality.
He explained: “They can offer such huge savings because they don’t have the overheads of the big boys.”