Checking your tyre treads

Not only does checking your tyre treads are up to scratch make your car safer, but it is also a legal requirement. If your tyres are below the legal limit, you could face a £2,500 fine and three penalty points – per tyre! If you’re unsure how to check your treads, we have put our tips into this blog post so you can make sure you’re traveling safely.

To start with, the minimum measurement for your tyre treads is 1.6mm. If they are getting to this thickness, then it is time to go tyre shopping. You can tell when they are getting low when they measure between 3mm and 1.6mm. Although this doesn’t seem like much of a difference, your stopping distance in rain when travelling at 50MPH is reduced by 50% when your tyres reach 1.6mm, versus 3mm.

To measure your tyres, you can either buy a measurement gauge which you can keep in your glovebox, or if you don’t have one to hand, we will talk you through the 20p method.

Take a 20 pence piece and insert it into the shallowest part of the tyre tread. If you can see the outer band of the coin, you need to change your tyres. However, if the outer band is safely tucked inside, your tyres are still ok to be driven on.

Your tyres are the only part of your car to make physical contact with the road. The strain on your tyres is phenomenal and one tyre in its lifetime will turn around 28million times. Stay safe and check your tyres regularly. It’s recommended they are checked every two to four weeks to ensure maximum safety.

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