How To Check Your Tyre Tread

Tyres are susceptible to wear and tear, not only can it be dangerous to drive with tyres below the legal tread limit, if stopped by the police you can also be fined (up to £5000 and 3pts per tyre).

Checking your tread is fairly simple and should become part of your usual maintenance routine.

The first step is to gain safe access to your tyres. Ensure your vehicle is parked safely on an even surface. A good light source will help you to assess your tyres properly.

Tread Depth Guidelines
Tread Depth Guidelines

The most accurate way to inspect your tyres accurately is with a tread depth guage, these can be purchased in most automotive care shops.

Example of new tyre tread
Example of new tyre tread

The legal minimum tread depth in Europe is 1.6mm, this applies to the central three quarters of the tyre. Check your tyre around its entire circumference, the tyre should be evenly worn regardless of the severity of the wear. The causes of uneven wear can be incorrect or uneven air pressure across the four tyres, improper balance, misalignment or bent wheels. Take your car to a garage if you think you may have one of these issues.

Example of worn tyre tread
Example of worn tyre tread

If you think your tyres may be reaching the legal minimum limit or you need assistance checking your tyres, get in touch, we’re happy to take a look for free.

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