Neglected tyres put young drivers at risk

11 November 2013

Take good care of your tyres – that’s Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership’s message to young people after research revealed that more than a third of 18-25 year old drivers have never checked their tread depth. 

The survey by Tyre Safe and insurers Ingenie also revealed the following about 18-25 year old drivers:

• a quarter have never checked their tyre pressures
• nearly 50 per cent have never been shown how to check the condition of their tyres
• more than 50 per cent don’t know it’s the driver's responsibility to ensure a car's tyres are safe and legal
• 85 per cent are unaware that the maximum fine for driving on an illegal tyre is £2,500
• more than a third are unaware that drivers can receive three penalty points for driving on an illegal tyre

Mike Ashworth, chairman of the road safety partnership’s managing group, said: “Motorists should check their tyre pressures at least once a month. It’s a simple maintenance job that makes the roads safer.

“You should also check the tread depth of your tyres regularly by taking the 20p test. All you need to do is push a 20p coin as far as it will go into the main grooves of your tyre. If the outer rim of the coin is still visible, you should get your tyre checked as it may be below the legal limit.”

Mike added: “As a young driver, poorly maintained tyres can cause problems for you even if you don’t crash. Two illegal tyres could earn you six penalty points – and that’s enough for you to lose your licence if you’ve been driving for less than two years.”

To warn young drivers about the dangers of poor tyre maintenance, Tyre Safe has produced a short online film presented by actor Tyger Drew-Honey from the BBC sitcom Outnumbered.

During the movie, two young drivers are quizzed on their tyre knowledge and shown the consequences of poor tyre care when they witness a dramatic emergency stop in controlled conditions. To view the film, visit: (opens in a new window)