People 'driving with illegal tyres'

Research has suggested that many motorists are taking to the road with bald tyres.

Garage network HiQ said that some 42% of drivers are driving cars with tyres that do not meet the legally required 1.6mm of tread depth.

People driving with illegal tyres are at risk of having to call out theirbreakdown cover in the event that one of them blows out, and are more likely to have an accident because of the reduced grip on offer.

The Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) said that even with 1.6mm of tread depth cars take 39.5m to come to a halt in the rain, underpinning the importance of ensuring your tyres always meet the requirements.

The research also highlighted how motorists could take a hit in the pocket over worn out tyres. Drivers caught with illegally worn tyres are issued with three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500. If all four tyres are illegal it equates to a straight driving ban.

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