Advertisement feature - Campaign to stop killer tyres.
This is according to the Tyre Industry Council, Britain's foremost tyre safety organisation.
For this year's North East Tyre Safety Campaign throughout May, the TIC has released research from roadside tyre checks which indicates that more than 30% of cars and vans in the region have at least one tyre requiring replacement.
Failure to do so places the driver at much greater risk of having an accident, particularly in the wet says the TIC.
This year's campaign has received support from the four police forces ( Cleveland, Durham, Northumbria and North Yorkshire and police roadside tyre checks are planned during the campaign to punch home the message of the importance of tyres in relation to road safety.
UK tyre law requires that tyres have a minimum of 1.6 mm of tread across three quarters of the width of the tyre.
However, the TIC recommends that tyres should be changed well in advance of the minimum, at 3mm for maximum safety.
During this year's tyre safety campaign major local tyre dealers including ATS, National Tyres and Autocare, North Eastern Tyres plus other independent dealers are offering free tyre checks and advice.
The Tyre Industry Council is using its website www.tyresafety.co.uk to promote the regional tyre safety campaign.
Motorists can log onto the TIC website www.tyresafety.co.uk to gain useful information such as addresses of participating depots in the North East region where they can get a free, no obligation, tyre safety check and advice prior to the police enforcement campaign; tyre safety tips plus information on a wide range of tyre safety subjects.