The number of motorists prosecuted in the UK last year for driving on defective tyres passed the 10,000 mark.
Of the 10,228 drivers who found themselves in court last year for the offence, 8,919 were successfully prosecuted.
The figures indicates the importance of regularly checking and maintaining the tyres on a vehicle, as failing to do so can be a costly mistake, both financially and legally.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, called on drivers to be more vigilant and described the latest figures as "incredibly worrying".
As the temperatures begin to drop it is more important than ever that motorists check their tyres regularly or consult a trained technician.
While tread depth is the most important element to check, it is also wise to keep an eye out for any other tyre damage, such as cuts, lumps, bulges or blisters, which if unresolved, could lead to a blowout or a collision.
Posted by Danielle Barge