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IAM urges drivers to check tyres

By Leo Stevens

Motorists could receive cheaper car insurance premiums if they pay heed to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) advice and ensure their car tyres are in good condition before the winter sets in.

The motoring charity indicated that drivers are less likely to be involved in an accident if their tyres are in top-notch condition during the cold season, when roads can be particularly slippery.

The need to keep car tyres in peak condition was further underpinned by the fact that road maintenance could be reduced due to cuts in Government spending.

IAM's chief examiner Peter Rodger urges motorists to check their tyres for cuts and bumps and ensure they are correctly inflated, ideally when they are cold.

The legal minimum for tyre tread in the UK is 1.6mm, but IAM warned that tyres with 2mm of tread might not offer better stopping friction than bald tyres in wet conditions.

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