Know how to check your tyres ahead of your driving test

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Once you have passed your driving test and are free to hit the roads, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is always in a safe and legal condition to keep yourself and other road users safe.

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That is why there is more to the test nowadays than the practical driving test itself and the theory exam. The “show me, tell me” aspect of the test is also very important and takes place before you even get behind the wheel of the car for your on-the-road test.

Auto Express magazine has just published a detailed account of the sort of questions that arise in this important section based around simple vehicle safety checks and, as you would expect, your tyres play an important role.

According to the article: “The examiner will ask the candidate two questions. The ‘show me’ question, as the title suggests, involves asking the candidate driver to show them how and where on the car they would carry out a particular safety check.

“Following this, as you can probably guess, the ‘tell me’ questions consist of explaining to the examiner how you would carry out the safety check. Some of the questions contain both show me and tell me elements but they all follow the same theme.

“If one or both of these questions are answered incorrectly, a driving fault will be marked against the candidate in the same way as in the practical test itself.”

The questions can be as straight-forward as; “show me how you would check the horn is working” or involve more detailed knowledge, as with checking your tyres, where you could be asked “Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road”.

A full explanation, including that there should be no damage, cuts or bulges visible on the tyre, is expected, along with the additional information, such as there should be a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

If you would like to see how this is done, click here and watch our 15 second etyres video, which shows in detail how quick and easy it is to check your tyre tread depths.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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