A new survey has found that more than half of British drivers are increasing their risk of a serious accident by allowing their tyres to fall below the regulation tread depth.
Mytyres.co.uk found in its survey that just 54% of motorists cited low tread depth as a reason for changing tyres, while only 62% would change them due to a bulge or crack.
A spokesman for Delticom AG, which operates in the UK asmytyres.co.uk, said: "Tyres are without a doubt one of the most important safety components on a vehicle, so it is worrying that such a large number of car drivers could be on the roads with illegal tyres.
"It is extremely dangerous to drive with faulty or severely worn tyres as this can result in serious and potentially, fatal accidents.
"We strongly urge drivers to do all they can to prevent these types of accidents by regularly checking tyre tread depth and general condition."
Under the UK law, car tyres must have a minimum tread of 1.6mm, but experts also recommend that drivers should consider changing them when they fall below a depth of 2.5mm. Failure to comply with the law can mean a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points on their licence.
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