With rain showers splashing across the UK during at the moment, it’s a good time to remember how important it is to make sure your tyres are in top notch condition.
It’s vital that your tyres have adequate tread depth to grip potentially slippery road surfaces and are properly inflated to carry any additional loads such as luggage or extra passengers if you are heading off on holiday or a day trip.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you only need your tyres to be in tip-top condition when the roads are covered in snow and ice – wet surfaces can be treacherous.
But by taking a few moments to check your tread depth and tyre pressure you can significantly reduce the risk of your trip being ruined by an unnecessary accident or breakdown.
Tyres without adequate tread depth may suffer from a loss of grip or traction leading to longer stopping distances, reduced handling and an increased risk of aquaplaning.
Current UK law requires car tyres to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its whole circumference.
The easiest way to check this is to follow the TyreSafe 20p test – simply insert a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of their car’s tyres. If the outer rim of the coin is covered by the tread, this indicates sufficient tread depth to be safe and legal. If the outer rim of the coin is visible, it is likely you need new replacements.
Denna Bowman, Head Office