Drivers warned they could be hit with £2,500 fines

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Drivers have been hit with a "plea" as they could be risking huge £2,500 fines without realising.

The warning comes as schools break up today (Friday), with more families expected to take longer road trips over the half term. Experts at tyre company Bridgestone interviewed a thousand drivers across Liverpool and found a "concerning disconnect" between "the importance of tyre safety and the actual practices of vehicle owners."

Its results tie in with an estimated 152 fatalities or serious accidents due to defective tyres in the last 12 months, and an estimated 6.1 million illegal tyres on Britain’s roads each year.

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The survey found 50% of motorists were unaware of the legal tyre tread limit of 1.6mm, while 35% confessed to never thinking about checking their tyres at all. Of those motorists who did admit to checking their tyres, 61% said they do so less than once a month.

If you are stopped by the police and your tyres are found to be below the legal tyre tread depth limit, you can receive three penalty points on your driving license and be fined up to £2,500 per illegal tyre.

Not only is driving with tyres that have a tread below the limit illegal, it's dangerous as it can put you and other road users at risk. Any insurance claims could also be invalidated.

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