Keeping well maintained, roadworthy tyres is your legal responsibility. As your tyres are the only thing between your car and the road, high-quality tyres with plenty of tread are vital to your handling, road-safety and performance.
Are Your Tyres Legal?
Knowing when to replace your car's tyres could save you from getting unnecessary points on your licence and a fine. It could also save your life.
Legally, your tyres need at least 1.6 millimetres across the central 3/4 of the tread around the circumference of the tyre. We'd recommend that you don't let your tyres wear down this far and almost all tyre manufacturers suggest replacing your tyres at a tread depth of 3mm.
Braking tests show that tyres with a 1.6mm tread depth take an additional 8 metres to stop in wet conditions from a speed of 50mph compared to tests done with tyres that have 3mm tread depth.
DID YOU KNOW? You can receive three penalty points and up to a £2500 fine for EACH TYRE that is illegal.
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How Can You Check If Your Tyre Tread Is Legal?
Uncertain as to whether your tyres need changing? Conduct a simple test at home with a 20p. We've provided a diagram to demonstrate how to perform this test and provide you with additional information to aid your tyre purchase.
If you have any questions regarding tyre laws and your tyres give us a call on 0345 017 9770 or complete our Contact form.