Over 40% of vehicle defect-related deaths in the UK in 2013 are related to tyres

September 26, 2014

“The latest figures sadly reflect a general attitude of indifference by many drivers towards checking their tyres regularly,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “As the only part of your car in contact with the road, it’s vital that your tyres are looked after correctly and inspected regularly to ensure they will work properly in emergency situations when they are needed most.” Those drivers who would rather check for themselves are being encouraged to insert a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of their tyres. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when inserted into the tyre, then it is above the legal minimum depth, but if the outer band is visible, it may be unsafe or illegal and should be inspected by a tyre professional immediately.

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