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360-degree video app shows dangers of low tread depth

A new 360-degree video from TyreSafe dramatically illustrates the difference in braking distances between tyres just below the legal limit and those with full tread.

Pile of tyres

Recent TyreSafe research found over 10 million UK motorists could drive a vehicle with an illegal and dangerous tyre during 2016

The controlled incident shows a car on tyres with dangerously low tread depth takes an extra 14m – nearly the same length as a bus – to stop compared with a car equipped with almost new tyres.

Called TyreSafe 360 the film is available as an app from the Apple Store or Google Play or on TyreSafe’s YouTube channel.

Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said: “TyreSafe 360 brings to life the risks of driving with tyres approaching, or just under, the minimum legal tread limit in a manner which has never been done before. Viewers watching using VR goggles especially will be far closer to the real-world experience of being out of control, as the braking and steering systems of the car can do nothing to help them avoid an impact in the wet conditions. The vulnerability and helplessness a driver feels under these circumstances is something we hope viewers take onboard after watching and that they are encouraged to carry out the regular tyre safety checks to minimise the chances of being involved in a similar incident on the road.

“As the film concludes, and this year’s Tyre Safety Month reminds Britain’s motorists – Don’t chance it – check it.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.