Up to 3.5 million motorists in the UK are driving on illegal tyres according to research released this week.
The study revealed one in ten drivers have tyres below the legal minimum tread depth, forty one percent have never checked their car tyres and a third admitted to not knowing how to check tread depth and tyre pressure.
The minimum legal limit of tyre tread is 1.6mm; the research revealed that seven in ten people did not know the legal limit. The majority of motorists think about replacing tyres only after failing an MOT.
Tim Bailey, head of safety for Continental Tyres said: "One in five drivers polled have suffered a blow-out and three-quarters of us understand that low tyre tread depth causes accidents in wet weather yet we still do not recognise the risks we take by not checking and replacing tyres more regularly. People just don’t think about it enough or they don’t know what to look for.”
It takes less than three minutes to check tyre tread depth and tyre pressure. A new website can educate drivers on how to perform simple tyre checks and other guidance on safe motoring.