According to new research, more than one in five of us are driving on dangerous tyres, which fall below the legal 1.6mm tyre tread.

The legal tyre tread is 1.6mm, however, manufacturers recommend changing any tyre that falls below 3mm.

If you’re found to have bald tyres, which fall below the legal 1.6mm tread, you can be fined £2,500 for every illegal tyre and also land three penalty points.

Research showed that 61 percent of motorists didn’t know what the minimum legal tread depth was, and more than half (55 percent) didn’t know how to check their tyres to avoid landing themselves in this situation.

Having bald tyres can also invalidate your insurance and more seriously, could lead to an accident.

If motorists accrue 12 penalty points, they will receive a driving ban and if the motorist has been driving for 2 years or less, 6 penalty points.  This could potentially mean that having two or more bald tyres on your car, could see you with a driving ban in addition to a huge fine!

A simple way to check your tyres is the 20p test. Simply insert a 20p coin into the lowest tread depth of your tyres. If you can’t see the outer rim around the edge of the coin, then your tyre is safe and has a minimum of 3mm tread depth. If you CAN see the rim then your tyre tread is less than 3mm and should be checked by a professional.

If you’re still unsure – follow this link for step by step instructions.

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