UK’s Drivers are Unaware of Legal Minimum Tread Depth

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More than 62 per cent of the UK’s drivers are unaware of the legal minimum tyre tread depth and one in ten (12 per cent) haven’t checked their tyres in the last year, according to new research carried out by leading used car website NFDA Trusted Dealers.

Despite the success of October’s fifth annual Tyre Safety Month, the research, which surveyed 1,000 motorists on how regularly they undertake essential tyre maintenance, showed little more than a third of the road users know that the minimum tyre tread depth should be 1.6mm. When equated to the 30m motorists on British roads this means more than 18m drivers have no idea if their tyres are roadworthy.

The survey also revealed a shocking 12.4 per cent of drivers last checked their tyre tread depth more than a year ago – even though fortnightly checks are advised to ensure safety and avoid potential fines of up to £2,500 plus three penalty points for illegal tyres.

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