The Dangers of Part Worn Tyres
Part worn tyres are seen as a cheap alternative to the initially higher costs of buying new tyres. What many do not realise, however, is that part worn tyres can be an extremely dangerous choice. Every year 1,200 motorists are injured in an accident due to illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres* so it is important you know what you are buying when purchasing new tyres.
Tyres are what sit between you, your passengers and the road so you should be able to feel confident that they are in the best condition possible. For this reason, fitting new tyres to your vehicle is the safest option.
Are Part Worn Tyres Legal?
In the UK it is legal to sell and buy part worn tyres and there is strict legislation to ensure that a part worn tyre meets a number of criteria in order for it to be sold. They must have at least 2mm of tread, have no cuts, lumps or bulges and bear markings indicating its status as a part worn tyre.
These guidelines ensure that part worn tyres adhere to the bare minimum of tyre safety, but, a recent investigation by TyreSafe highlighted that a huge 98% of part worn tyres are sold illegally**. This means that these tyres do not meet the standards imposed by the government, so as well as risking your life and your passengers’ lives, you can risk a fine of £2,500 per tyre for driving on illegal tyres.
The Dangers of Part Worn Tyres
Many of the potential dangers of driving on part worn tyres are invisible to the eye. You may inspect a part worn tyre and believe it to be fine, however, you cannot be sure if the internal structure of the tyre is damaged. Most part worn tyres have already been used for thousands of miles prior to the sale and can have lost around 50% of the original tread depth.
The tread depth of the tyre may still meet the legal minimum of 1.6mm, but studies from TyreSafe have shown that part worn tyres tend to have a wet braking distance of 37.8m which is astounding when compared to that of a new tyre which is averagely 25.9m.
Bargain Choice or False Economy?
At first sight, a part worn tyre can seem an attractive option, especially for those looking for something more economical. Buying part worn tyres is significantly cheaper than buying new tyres at the outset, but, the money you save will soon come to seem like a small amount compared to what part worn tyres can cost you.
Rather than considering the initial purchase price, you should instead measure the price of your tyre by the cost per mm of tread. As part worn tyres are used products they come with significantly less tread depth than a new tyre. On average, a new tyre will have 8mm whilst a part worn tyre will usually have 4mm and under, and in some cases as little as 2mm. This means that part worn tyres will need to be replaced more frequently and so they could become a significantly more expensive option.
Here at HiQ Easy Tyre and Autocentres we would always recommend buying new tyres as it is the safer and more economical option. If you have any questions regarding the maintenance of your tyres or need help choosing the right tyres for your vehicle, find your nearest HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres branch and give us a call. We would be happy to offer any information or guidance you may require.
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