Steer clear of part-worn tyres

Posted on October 10th, 2016 by GEM Motoring Assist


GEM supports Tyre Safety Month 2016 with the second in a series of straightforward safety reminders: Steer clear of part-worn tyres

GEM Motoring Assist is supporting Tyre Safety Month with the second in a series of simple safety reminders. This week we advise that part-worn tyres could be hiding all sorts of dangers that can’t be seen.

Part-worn tyres are typically imported from other European countries where minimum tread depth is greater. Germany, for example, requires a minimum tyre tread depth of 3mm, compared with just 1.6mm in the UK. So a part-worn tyre usually offers a maximum of 50 per cent of the tread depth.

Don’t take the risk

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: “Tyres are the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road surface so they play a vital role in keeping you safe. You may be tempted by the price of part-worn tyres, but there are big risks involved.

“First, it’s impossible to tell what unseen damage may have occurred. At best you are buying a tyre that has already been used on another vehicle for several thousand miles. In its previous life, how many kerbs did it hit? How many miles did it complete with incorrect inflation levels?

“Next, if you buy a part-worn tyre with 2mm of tread, it won’t be long before it reaches the UK minimum of 1.6mm and you’ll need to replace it. Compare that cost against the investment in a good, new tyre, which will come with a full 8mm of tread.

Neil concludes “Finally, think of the safety. Recent wet weather tests by the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association showed alarming results. At 50mph, a car using tyres with minimum legal tread needed a braking distance 12 metres longer than a car with new tyres,”.

Drivers whose tyres fail to comply with the minimum tread depth requirements risk a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

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