One in six cars are driving on tyres unfit for the road.
A recent survey by the Irish Tyre Industry Association has found that one in six cars on Irish roads are driving on tyres that are unsafe.
Those figures are backed up by the NCT. So far this year, 192,000 cars have failed the NCT at the first attempt – that’s more than half of those taking the test. The biggest reason for failing is the front suspension but the second most common reason is tyre condition and that is something you can sort out quickly and easily.
What makes this even more worrying is that this has been a particularly wet year which means this could be very dangerous if your tyres aren’t up to scratch.
You need to have at least 1.6mm of tread on your tyres. As Kevin Farrell, president of the ITIA explains: “It is in the wet conditions that the importance of tyre tread really comes to the fore. It can take a tyre just below the 1.6mm limit twice as long to stop on wet roads as a car on new tyres.”
So, before you get in your car today, make a quick check of your tyres and see if any of them look like they are getting a little bald. If in doubt and you don't have a tread depth gauge, use a 2 euro coin piece: Simply place the coin in the groove of the tyre and if you can see the silver rim around the coin, it means your tread depth is less than 3mm and you should consider replacing that tyre. If you're still unsure go into your nearest ‘tyre guys’ and they'll check them for you.
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