Driving misconceptions surrounding used car tyres are putting UK motorists at risk of having a crash and by landing a hefty fine.

According to AA Cars, one in five (19 per cent) drivers have bought used tyres in the past and a further one in eight (13 per cent) plan to do so in the future.

Just seven per cent of motorists believe that they are as safe as new tyres but there is a level of ambiguity surrounding them on the whole.

A third (33 per cent) of drivers believe that they are either more cost effective than new ones or just don’t know whether new or used tyres offer better value.

A lack of knowledge could also potentially cost drivers as over half (62 per cent) of Brits were unaware of the correct legal minimum tyre tread depth for cars.

Six in 10 cars (56 per cent) also weren’t aware that the maximum fine for driving on worn-out tyres was £2,500 and three penalty points.

Almost half (42 per cent) of Brits didn’t know that a new tyre could have as much as 8mm worth of tread. In contrast, part-worn tyres often are sold with as little as 2mm worth of tread – just 0.4mm away from the legal limit of 1.6mm.

One in five (21 per cent) drivers believe that most used tyres sold in the UK actually comply with regulations. In reality, the vast majority (98 per cent) of secondhand tyres probably don’t.

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