Tread carefully – Part worn tires
It is a common misconception that part worn tyres are better value for money. However they may be cheaper to buy they are not cost effective and a study shows 75% of part worn tyres are not compliant with the laws.
Tyresafe.org did a survey and found that;
- 94% of part-worn tyres inspected by TyreSafe were being sold illegally.
- Of the 278 part-worn tyres retailers investigated, 93% (261) were non-compliant.
- Over 63% of part-worn tyres were unsafe to return to the road.
- 22% of the tyres inspected were ten years old or older.
- 18% had been repaired incorrectly.
- The oldest tyre found during investigations was 29 years old.
159 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of defective tyre related accidents (UK annual average)
Will part-worn tyres save me money?
Many drivers buying part-worn tyres do so in the belief that they offer better value for money when compared with new tyres. However, this isn’t necessarily true and buyers should consider the cost per mm of usable tyre, rather than just the initial purchase price.
New tyres are normally sold with around 8mm of tread depth, whereas part-worn tyres may have as little as 2mm of tread. With a legal minim tread depth of 1.6mm in the UK, the cost per mm of usable tread of part-worn tyres can considerably more than that of a new tyre.
Equally, part-worn tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than a new tyre meaning further expenditure will be requited. Drivers should remember that not only is it dangerous and unsafe to drive on tyres with less than 1.6mm of tread but it is also against the law and can result in fines of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points per tyre.