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Tread depth 'more important than ever' as wet summers approach

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Road safety organisation TyreSafe has warned that tyre tread depth is "more important than ever" in light of news from the Met Office that Britain faces a decade of damp summers.

It explained that tread depth is critically important for grip on wet highways, with the tread pattern helping to displace water from the surface of the road.

Drivers with inadequate tread depth put themselves at risk of aquaplaning, poor grip and long stopping distances - "at least double" those on dry roads, TyreSafe warned.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of the organisation, said: "Driving in wet weather is particularly hazardous but a few simple precautions ... can help reduce the risk of an accident."

He suggested using a 20p coin to find out if tyres meet the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm. Once inserted into the grooves, the coin's outer band should be concealed.

If not, motorists should have their tyres checked by a specialist. Driving without meeting the legal minimum tread depth can also incur a fine of £2,500 per tyre.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801607544-ADNFCR

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