Defective Tyres Responsible For 1210 Road Casualties

20p Tyre Tread Depth Test

20p Tyre Tread Depth Test

Newly released figures from the Department for Transport show that illegal, defective and under-inflated tyres were responsible for over 1210 road casualties in Great Britain during 2010.

18 motorists were killed during 2010 from defective tyres, meaning the figure for tyre related deaths in the last five years totals 164.

"The latest figures are truly shocking and emphasise why we need ongoing action, education and awareness about tyre safety issues,' explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. "Making sure that your tyres are safe and legal is a quick and easy job, yet we still see hundreds of accidents occurring each year because drivers don't make these essential safety checks."

The tyre industry is running tyre safety month throughout October. Drivers will be able to have a free tyre safety check at one of hundreds of garages and tyre dealers across the UK during the event.

TyreSafe has also launched a website to provide drivers with the knowledge of how to check tyres for tread depth, tyre pressure and condition. The website also uses a video of a car on an ice rink to illustrate the safety benefits of winter tyres in cold and wet conditions.

The law in the UK requires that tyres have a tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tread around the entire circumference. Alongside the danger of being involved in a crash, drivers found to have less than this tread depth can be fined up to £2500 and receive three penalty points per illegal tyre.

An easy way to check tread depth is through the use of a 20p. The method, developed by TyreSafe, requires drivers insert a 20p coin into the main tread of the tyre. If the outer rim of the coin is visible then the tyre should be inspected by a qualified professional.

"If all drivers took just a few minutes every month to check their tyre pressures, condition and tread depth, we could help prevent this needless injury and loss of life," continues Jackson. "Our website contains some really simple guides to help drivers understand what to look for. But if they still find this confusing or don't have the time or confidence to do this for themselves, they simply need to visit their local tyre dealer who will be more than happy to make sure their tyres are safe and legal."

29 September 2011 Staff

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