British drivers should check the condition of their tyres at least once a month, according to tyre specialist ATS Euromaster.
UK motorists who drive with defective tyres are not only subject to a £2,500 fine and three penalty points for each illegal tyre, but are also risking their safety and that of others.
In 2009, 860 reported accidents on British roads were partly due to the presence of illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
Chris Hufflett, group operations director at ATS Euromaster, underlined the importance of inspecting the tread depths and pressures of tyres regularly and before any long journey.
"Drivers should remember that wet grip deteriorates more rapidly as the tread depth wears down, meaning stopping distances on wet roads can dramatically increase," he said.
"With winter rapidly approaching it is advisable to consider replacing tyres before they reach the legal minimum, or to fit cold weather tyres and place your summer tyres into a tyre 'hotel' until next spring."
During Tyre Safety Month in October, ATS Euromaster will offer free tyre safety inspections in all of its 370 UK centres.