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A guide to checking your tyres

Your tyres play a critical role in the safety of your vehicle. Being the only part of the vehicle that make contact with the road, they take a lot of strain and it’s a legal requirement that they’re up to scratch, but do you know how to check them? Read on to find out how.

To start with, let’s cover the legalities. The minimum depth of tread on your tyres is 1.6mm but if your depth is between 1.6 and 3mm then it is time to start thinking about a new set of wheels.

Now, onto how to measure them.

You can have a look at the tread pattern to start with but it’s always best to check in a reliable way. A depth measuring gauge is a great tool to keep in your car so you can check your tyre tread regularly.

The good old 20p trick is another great way of checking your tyre treads. Place the coin into the lowest tread depth, if you can’t see the outer edge of the coin, your tyres are good to go but if you can see the rim of the coin, it’s time to purchase new tyres.

You should really be checking your tyre treads every two to four weeks, especially with rainy weather being a common UK occurrence. Here’s a few other things to know…

  • When your tyres reach 1.6mm in wet weather, your stopping distance when travelling at 50MPH increases by 50% versus when your tyres are at 3mm
  • If your tyres are below the legal limit, you could face 3 points and a £2,500 fine
  • When worn down to 1.6mm, your brakes are only 55% effective, so make sure you check those tyres regularly
  • The average tyre will rotate more than 26million times in its life cycle

If you’re still unsure or want to book a health check for your vehicle, visit us at MotorServ-UK Solihull.