Check tyre tread depth ahead of wet months

18th October 2011

UK motorists have been urged to check the tread depth of the tyres to ensure they remain safe during the wettest months of the year.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of UK road safety organisation TyreSafe, claimed that adequate tread depth is "essential" for grip in wet conditions.

He said: "Drivers who fail to make sure their tyres have enough tread not only risk their own life but also that of other road users who may be involved in any subsequent tyre related accident.

"By checking your tyres, drivers can be safe in the knowledge that they can still driver safely, no matter what the heavens throw at us this winter."

Drivers with insufficient tread depth (below 1.6mm) face the possibility of three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 for each illegal tyre.

In 2009, the UK had the highest amount of rainfall in November since records began in 1914. 

Posted by Danielle Barge