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Tyre safety 'increasingly important'

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Tyre maintenance has been singled out as an increasingly important factor in road safety as data suggests UK weather is getting wetter over time.

With the Met Office announcing that 2012 was the second wettest year on record, TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said "adequate tread depth is essential for safe driving".

And an analysis of statistics from the National Climate Information Centre has indicated that days with especially high levels of rainfall have become more commonplace in the UK since 1960.

With that in mind, Mr Jackson said tyres with insufficient tread represent "a significant danger to the driver, passengers and other road users".

Regular checks are therefore essential to make sure a vehicle's tyres are safe and legal, he added, particularly if extreme weather conditions are going to be seen more often in the UK.

The tread pattern in a tyre improves grip by displacing water from the surface of the road, which means that a lack of adequate tread can mean longer stopping distances and an increased risk of aquaplaning.

published: 10/01/2013 17:00:00

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