Wet summers make tyre safety even more vital

4th July 2013

Motorists are being told that the state of their tyres is more crucial than ever as Britain is set for a decade of rainy summers.

The warning from TyreSafe comes as the Met Office says a newly-identified weather system in the Atlantic means the UK is likely to endure ten years of dismally wet summers.

Stuart Jackson, the charity's chairman, says drivers need to get used to unusually damp summers, which means that tyre safety should be given a higher priority than ever.

"The good news is that it's incredibly easy to see if you have adequate tread depth just by using a 20p coin. Simply take the coin and insert it into the main grooves of the tyre," he explains.

"When it's been inserted and if you can see the outer band of the 20p then the tyre may not have sufficient depth and should be checked by a qualified specialist."

Adequate tread depth is essential for good grip on wet roads as the tread pattern helps to displace water from the road surface.

Car drivers must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference.

Motorists face three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 for each illegal tyre.

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Posted by Danielle Barge