The half term is just round the corner so it’s a good time for parents to check out their tyres to make sure they are safe and legal before heading off for a mini-break or days out with the kids.
The first thing to ensure is that your tyres are properly inflated. Check the manufacturers handbook to find out the right level for your vehicle.
Secondly, make sure your tyres have the minimum legal tread limit, which is 1.6mm.
If you are in doubt about how to do this, you can use a 20p coin to give you a useful guide.
Insert the 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the circumference of the tyre and across its width.
If the outer band of the 20p coin is visible whenever you check the tread, your tread depth may be illegal and you should have them checked by a qualified tyre specialist.
When checking your tread depth, give the rest of the tyres a visual inspection for any cuts or bulges and remove any stones or objects embedded in the tread.
Denna Bowman, Head Office