Over 1.5 million motorists using bald tyres

29th June 2012

New research from car insurance firm Swiftcover has highlighted the alarming number of motorists risking their lives by driving on bald tyres.

According to a study conducted by the firm, over 1.5 million UK drivers could be travelling on compounds that are not road legal.

Unbelievably though, the research found that only 13 per cent of motorists were aware of the penalties for driving on defective tyres, with a further two-thirdsof respondents admitting they had no idea of  the current minimum legal tread depth.

Just over a third of those surveyed also revealed that they never bothered to check the tread depth on their tyres before driving.

Under the current rules any tread less than 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre is deemed illegal, with a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points the punishment for any offending compound.

Swiftcover chief claims officer Robin Reames told MSN News:  “It’s worrying that drivers are leaving themselves open to serious accidents as well as fines.

"If you need a simple way to check your tread depth, use a 20p coin."

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