Do You Know The Law On Tyre Tread Depth?

Thu 3rd Oct 2019

Millions of drivers are behind the wheel of their car completely ignorant of the laws surrounding minimum tyre tread depth.

Research from AA Cars found that more than half (62 per cent) of drivers in their poll either guessed incorrectly or didn’t know the answer when asked if they knew the legal requirements.

Of the 20,000 asked the questions, six out of ten were also unaware of the maximum fine of £2500 and three penalty points on your licence.

The minimum tread depth on a tyre in the UK is 1.6mm, with cars at that tread taking 14 metres longer to stop than a car travelling at 50mph with brand new tyres with a 8mm tread depth.

The report from AA Cars also found that seven per cent of motorists believe that used tyres are just as safe as new ones, with one in five believing that used tyres sold in the UK comply with regulations.

The safety case for buying new tyres over used ones has been well-documented but drivers must understand the argument that part-worns offer better value for money is a fallacy too," says James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars.

"Secondhand tyres might boast cheaper price points than new ones, but the tread left on these tyres is typically materially less, meaning you’ll be looking for yet more replacements in no time at all. It’s also worth considering that a large proportion of the secondhand stock in the UK actually fails to meet the minimum legal safety standards."