1.6mm is the UK's Legal Minimum Tyre Tread Depth!
When was the last time you checked your car tyres!
How often do we drive but never check the vehicle is in good order?
Tyre's play a vital part of our own safety and road safety, as they are the only point of contact that the vehicle has with the road. Conducting a basic check of your tyre's is very easy, here are 3 points to look at:
- Air pressure
- Tyre tread level
- Overall condition
By checking these 3 points once a month can make a big difference to how the vehicle performs.
There are 2 big benefits apart from your own safety by properly maintained tyre's:
- Reduced fuel consumption
- Longer lasting tread
Tyre Safety Is the Responsibility of Everyone
How to check Tread Depth
The '20p' test is a quick way to check your tyre depth. The outer rim of the 20p is 1.6mm thick, and this is the legal tyre depth across 3/4 of the tyre for cars in the UK.
Simply place the 20p inside the tyre tread, if you can see the rim of the 20p then you are in need of a tyre change, if however the tread covers the the rim of the 20p then your trye is good. You should be checking across the width of the tyre and around the circumference.
Most tyre's that get fitted these days have a raised bit tyre between the treads, and the closer the tread depth gets to these raised bits of tyre, the closer you are in need of a tyre change.
With the right tyre pressure, your vehicle will handle much better and use less fuel to move as it will not have to fight the increased friction caused by under inflated/slow puncture tyre's.
The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found in either your manual, door shut or fuel cap, however if you are unsure you are well come to contact myself.
Tyre's are never manufactured with bulges or cracks, seeing any of these is a sign to get your tyre checked. Small objects that are trapped in between the tread walls, like stones, can be removed by yourself and always be on the look out for nails/screws that have punctured the tyre.
Tread Pattern Wear
Your tyre is designed to wear evenly, if you spot that the tread is much thinner on part of the tyre, this would be an indication of an issue. The issue could be a poor wheel alignment and if not rectified could lead to a road incident. Don't just get your tyre replaced, as it will happen again, you will need to have a mechanic look at it.
If you still have a spare tyre, remember to check it as well, for those of us that do not have a spare tyre you should have a kit in its place.
Anyone who has had a high speed blow-out, knows what a dangerous experience it can be. It can happen without warning, making your vehicle impossible to handle and putting you and your passengers in extreme danger. Slow punctures are a major cause of blowouts and are usually very difficult to detect. Installing PunctureSafe in your tyres helps to ensure that you will not be placed in a potentially life threatening situation. A puncture is not only costly and inconvenient, but also dangerous. PunctureSafe prevents punctures by sealing them immediately as they happen, and creates a permanent seal for the legal lifetime of the tyre.