Taking care of your tyres

Your tyres are incredibly important as they are the only contact you have with the road. The area that is touching the road as your travelling is the size of the palm of your hand! Think about this, you need your tyres to be in top condition to ensure maximum safety and grip on the roads service while you are travelling.

Did you know that if you are caught with illegal tyres this could result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per illegal tyre. Carelessness could cost you your license, or even worse, your life.

So, to help you stay safe and well, I am going to give you some idea of how to check your tyres, what is illegal etc.

Tread Wear Indicators (TWI)

Tread Wear Indicators are cross-ribs which are evenly spaced around the tyre, along the main longitudinal tread grooves. They are positioned in the central three-quarters - or contact patch - of your tyres. These gauges become level with the tyre surface when the remaining tread is down to approximately 1.6mm (legal limit). Our recommendation for the wear limit of tyre tread depth is more than the 1.6mm limited mentioned above. Min of 3mm for summer tyres and 4mm for winter tyres.

An easy way to check your tyre tread depth: The 20p Test

This is a quick and easy way to check your tread depth on each of your tyres. Place a 20p coin into the main grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit. However, if the outer band is visible, then your tyres may be illegal and should be checked over by a professional. When doing this test, check at least three location around each tyre. As the test is quick and easy, we advice you check them on a month to month basis.

This is the reason why you need to check your tyres on a regular basis: the owner of the vehicle below didn't see this tear as it was on the inside edge of the tyre. This could have resulted in a blowout and a serious accident. To properly check you back tyres, you need to move away from the back of the vehicle and get down to the same level. For your front tyres, you need to turn your wheels out so that you can inspect these properly. Run your hand carefully around the tyre to check for excessive wear.

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