A staggering 39 percent of motorists will only splash out on new tyres if they fail an MOT, according to new research.
Worryingly, 11 percent will hold out until the following year’s test if they receive an advisory.
Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 87 percent admitted they have put off the purchase of new tyres due to the cost of living crisis. Last year, the AA named tyres as the fourth most common reason for an MOT failure, behind lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment; suspension; and brakes.
This latest research, conducted by eBay, found that more than 15 percent of motorists admitted to ignoring an advisory for their tyres following an MOT, with almost one in 10 (8 percent) having done so in the past year.
The number increases for younger drivers with 33 percent of 18 to 24 year olds admitting to ignoring a tyre-related advisory.
Ian Faulkner, category manager, car tyres and performance parts at eBay UK, said: “Our research suggests millions of motorists aren’t fully considering the ramifications of driving with unroadworthy tyres, especially during the winter months.
“It’s not worth the risk when you think about how accessible and affordable a fresh set can be.”