Wednesday, October 5

Fines of up to 800 euros for wearing tires in poor condition are doubled

According to the DGT, driving a vehicle whose tires do not have a pattern or do not meet the minimum conditions for use is a serious offense that carries a penalty of 200 euros per tire

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Tires are the only element that is in contact with the asphalt, so keeping them in good condition is vital to guarantee our safety at the wheel. Due to its importance, the regulation of
Traffic points out that driving a vehicle whose tires do not have a pattern or do not meet the minimum conditions for use is a serious offense that carries a penalty of 200 euros per tire, which could reach 800 euros if all four tires are damaged condition.

However, it seems that we Spaniards do not pay the necessary attention to them, since from January to December 2021 the number of appeals for fines for this reason doubled, which indicates that the number of sanctions has also increased markedly.

As warned by the
CEA Foundation and Continental, during the year 2021 nearly 800 appeals of drivers fined for driving a vehicle whose tires were in poor condition were registered. According to data compiled by the CEA Foundation and Continental, in December 2021 twice as many resources were registered for fines imposed for this infraction. Thus, nearly 800 drivers turned to the Foundation’s legal service to request an appeal for a penalty for the poor condition of their tires.

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With insufficient tread depth, braking distances and the risk of aquaplaning in the event of rain increase exponentially, in addition to penalizing the vehicle’s grip in any circumstance. Therefore, our tires must have at least 1.6 mm depth to enter the legal minimum to circulate in Spain and avoid a penalty.

Below the required 1.6 millimeters, for example, a tire rolling in the wet at 90 km/h almost completely loses contact with the asphalt, and if this happens the vehicle goes out of control. Among some of the tricks to find out if the wheel is below the legal or recommended minimum and not suffer any of these unforeseen events, there is the solution of placing a euro vertically on the tread: if the golden edge of the coin is covered by the rubber, it will mean that the tire is still usable.

Likewise, the sidewall of the tire must also be taken into account. In this case, it is critical to understand that any tire with a bulge or crack in the sidewall should be replaced, as this indicates that the structural integrity of the tire has been significantly reduced, greatly increasing the likelihood of sudden failure or a blowout at any speed.

From the tire firm they remember that maintaining the correct tire pressure is vital for their correct operation, maintaining the level of safety, avoiding premature wear and not increasing fuel consumption. “Inadequate tire pressure influences safety and causes it to lose performance. Therefore, it can have unusual wear, reduces performance and increases the chance of having a blowout. In addition, we can get a scare while we are driving, since a tire without the correct pressures does not grip what it should and we can lose control of the vehicle, “explains Jorge Cajal, Director of Communication of
Continental Tires Spain.

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