Confused.com has revealed that drivers could see their motor insurance claims denied and face fines of up to £10,000, simply by failing to take proper care of their tyres.
One defective or bald tyre could see drivers hit with a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points or up to £5,000 and 6 points for two defective tyres.
In fact if all four tyres were defective, the maximum fine could be as much as £10,000 with a whopping 12 penalty points.
As Tyre Safety month kicks off, Confused.com's new poll of drivers also reveals that many motorists don't know how to keep their tyres roadworthy. The company interviewed 2,000 motorists and found that:
- 57% of drivers don't know the correct tread depth for their tyres which is 1.6mm
- 58% don’t know the correct pressure of their tyres
- 18-24 year olds are least likely to know how to put air in their tyres
- 87.4% of people do not change their tyres for the winter weather
According to the poll, 58% of people do not know what the correct tyre pressure is for their vehicle with18-24 year olds being the key culprits. On top of this, 1.4% of people don’t even realise that their tyres need air.
Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com said: "Tyre maintenance may not sound like the most exciting topic on the planet but is important to basic road safety. If your tyres have too much air or too little this can wear the tread of tyres down quickly."
"If a tyre has a tread of less than 1.6mm it is qualified as an illegal tyre. If the police stop someone with an illegal tyre they will be fined up to £2,500 for each illegal tyre. If someone is in a crash and their tyres are below the legal tread limit, a fine can be issued causing their insurance to be denied."
"Tyres must be checked on a regular basis to ensure they are up to road safety standards. An easy way of checking tyre tread is the 20p check. Place a 20p coin into the main tread of the tyre and if the rim of the coin is covered by the tread this shows it is a legal road worthy tyre."
Confused.com was the UK's first price comparison site for car insurance. Confused.com is one of the biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance. Specialist car insurance comparison includes business car insurance, new driver car insurance and import car insurance.
Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk
factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.
Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.
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