Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is raising awareness of your responsibility for ensuring your tyres are safe, legal and in a roadworthy state. As the only point of contact with the road surface, your safety depends on it. Failure to comply with the minimum regulations can result in fines of up to £2500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre. This could cost you your license, or even worse, your life.
2013 was the wettest winter in the UK on record and in wet weather, it's essential that your car's tyres have adequate tread depth. Without it, your safety on the road will be compromised and you may not be able to brake, accelerate or corner properly.
The tread grooves on your tyre help to evacuate the water from the contact patch between your tyre and the road surface so your car can grip the road properly. In wet conditions, tyres with a good tread depth can typically clear enough water from the road to fill a bucket in around 7 seconds!
Without sufficient tread depth your tyres may not be able to
cope properly and you face an increased risk of aquaplaning. If
this has ever happened to you, you'll know what a frightening
experience this can be as you have no control of the car.
Don't believe us? Click on the image below to take a look at TyreSafe's dramatic demonstration video!