South Yorkshire motorists urged to check tyre tread

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Motorists in South Yorkshire are being urged to check their tyres in a bid to reduce the risk of accidents - including aquaplaning during downpours.

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is supporting the National Tyre Safety campaign, which runs throughout October, and is aimed at highlighting the importance of ensuring tyres have the correct tread depth.

The legal minimum tread for car tyres is 1.6mm and for bikes 1mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.

Motorists caught with illegal tyres face fines of £2,500 and penalty points per tyre.

Safer Roads Education Manager Joanne Wehrle said: “Driving with defective tyres can affect your vehicles handling, seriously compromise your safety and put lives at risk.”