Tyre Tread Depth Advice

Using a 20p To Check Tyre Tread Depth

Using a 20p To Check Tyre Tread Depth

Unfortunately, this coming Spring Bank Holiday has been forecast with rain showers across much of the UK. As a result, TyreSafe is recommending drivers to check their tyre tread depth before undertaking the typical bank holiday driving trips.

Before setting out, drivers should check their tyre tread depth is adequate in order to cope with the wet conditions, as the tread is designed to help remove water from the road surface, which in turn allows the tyre to get proper grip on the road. Tyres which do not have adequate tyre tread depth will result in a loss of grip, need longer stopping distances, a reduction in handling as well as in increased chance of aquaplaning.

The law requires a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around the entire circumference of the tyre. As well as risking safety of themselves and others, drivers can face a fine of up to £2500 and three penalty points per tyre.

A simple test which drivers can undertake is to insert a 20p piece into the tread grooves of the tyre, is the outer rim of the coin is not covered then this is an indication that the tyre tread depth is too low and the tyre should be inspected by a qualified professional.

Whilst checking tread depth, it is also worth checking that the tyres are correctly inflated, baring in mind that for laden vehicles, manufacturer's recommended pressures can be different. These pressures can be found in the manufacturer's handbook, as well as on a plate on the driver's door sill or behind the fuel filler cap. Correctly inflated tyres will also improve fuel consumption, handling, increase the tyre's life as well as avoiding blowouts and other tyre related accidents.

"After the recent prolonged dry spell, the rain showers which are forecast for much of the UK this coming weekend, are likely to make the roads extremely slippery," explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. "As the only contact point between a vehicle and road surface, it's essential that drivers make sure their tyres are in a suitable condition to cope with the potentially hazardous conditions. By taking just a few moments before setting off, drivers can significantly reduce the risk of a weekend ruined by an unnecessary accident."

"I would strongly encourage all drivers heading out or away this weekend to take just a few moments before setting off to check the condition of your tyres."

26 May 2011 Staff

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