Brits risk £2,500 fine if they’re caught driving with poorly maintained tyres

Now with more drivers back on the road, it’s important to make sure your car is in good condition.

Motorists could look at their vehicle and do a number of visual inspections to ensure they’ll be safe behind the wheel.

But all these safety precautions are often forgotten by celebrities as Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe revealed.

On Tuesday’s Parenting Hell podcast, Josh admitted he had no idea how to inflate his car’s tyres after his vehicle told him to.

He drove to a petrol station but realised he had no idea what his correct tyre pressure was, so ended up just leaving it.

Josh also admitted he hadn’t checked his oil in over a year too.

Drivers should always check their pressure first, preferably using an LED-tyre pressure gauge.

You shouldn’t drive with poorly maintained tyres

It’s important to note all cars are different so the owner’s manual should be checked to find out the recommended pressure.

Alternatively you can just Google your car model and year to know what it is.

The pressure gauge will show a PSI level that is similar to the recommended level and should be adjusted to the correct level.

Inflating tyres can be done at petrol stations or at home with the correct tool, which is around £20 in stores.

While the legal minimum is 1.6mm, it’s recommended that drivers have at least 3mm of thread on each tyre.

Mark Thompson, Director at Leasing Options, explains why it’s important to ensure a car is road-ready.

He said: “Although finding and checking tyre pressure is included in the driving test ‘tell me’ questions, most drivers won’t have first-hand experience of doing this until they have passed their test and own their own car.

“After hearing Josh Widdicombe explain his complete lack of knowledge on finding out his recommended tyre pressure and inflating them, we wanted to help Josh and other motorists who may find themselves in the same situation.”

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He added: “It’s important that motorists know how to do this as poorly maintained tyres could result in a breakdown or cause a serious accident.

“The maximum penalty for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition is a fine of £2,500 and three points added to your licence.”

Checking the engine oil is also important and should be done when the car is parked on level ground and the engine is cool.


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