Drivers who drive with 20p in pocket urged to 'remove it' immediately

Drivers who drive with 20p in their pockets have been warned to use it on their tyres. An expert has shared a warning about a 20p check every driver should do to avoid a "serious threat" this summer amid the big seasonal getaway, where Brits will take on longer journeys and road trips.

Aaron Edwards, who works at Halfords, said that the changeable weather this summer can cause tyre pressure to change by 1-2 PSI. Aaron said “A rainy and unpredictable summer is something none of us had hoped for. Not only does it ruin many of the summer plans we’ve been looking forward to but it can also pose a serious threat to drivers, particularly those who don’t know how to check the condition of their tyres.

“We want to make sure that all drivers have the knowledge and tools that they need to stay safe on the roads, whatever the weather. Being clued up on tyre health and knowing how to respond to changing weather conditions can help keep the roads safe for everyone this summer.”

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To check tread depth, drivers, road users and motorists are urged insert a 20p coin into the tread grooves on the tyre and if the coin’s band is visible then the car requires a professional inspection. Dan Jones, operations manager at DrivingExperience.co.uk, said: “Many people wouldn’t even consider checking that their car is fitted with the correct tyres for the season, but it is so important.

“Using the wrong type of tyres in summer will not only hit your pocket hard, but it could increase your braking distance by as much as seven and a half metres which is quite worrying. I urge every driver to check their car is using suitable rubber this summer.”

Jones said: "With nearly 5,000 collisions on the UK’s roads over the past decade as a result of illegal, defective, or under inflated tyres, it’s a serious offence for which you could receive three points on your licence and a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre, which could increase to a fine of £10,000 and 12 penalty points for a vehicle with four illegal tyres.”