When it comes to purchasing compounds, opting for new tyres over part worn models might be costlier but it is always the safest option.
That is according to Tyresafe chairman Stuart Jackson, who this week called on motorists to avoid cheaper second hand tyres at all costs.
The advice comes after research conducted by the compound safety charity found that 49 out of a group of 50 part worn compounds bought at random by the firm were being sold illegally according to an independent expert.
More alarmingly still, a third of the tyres contained a variety of potentially dangerous forms of damage or non-compliance with current legislation.
Meanwhile, safety beaches like unsafe repairs, bead damage and exposed cords were all among the problems reported in the investigation.
Mr Jackson said: "It’s impossible to know the history of part worn tyres and the true extent of any damage which may have occurred inside the tyre.
"Only by choosing brand new tyres can you be sure that it is free for any hidden dangers and able to offer the safest driving possible."
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