Why it is important to know your tyre tread depth

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When it comes to ensuring a vehicles tyres have plenty of tread depth, it is the drivers responsibility to make sure they are safe and legal, however many motorists do not know what to look for.

tyre tread depth chart

All tyres start out with 8mm of tread depth and the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm across the central three quarters and around the entire circumference of the tyre. Many safety and motoring groups recommend you replace your tyres when they wear below 3mm because after this their performance is deteriorating at a much faster rate and your tyres will not perform as well as you are used to.

It is actually very simple to check your tyre tread depth and ensure it is well above the legal limit of 1.6mm and we invited Vicki Butler Henderson to show you how quick and easy it is in this short tyre tread depth video.

This colourful chart also helps you to understand how your tyres perform as the tread wears down. While anything between 4 and 8mm is good, once your tyres wear below 3mm it is important to make sure you check them at least once a month, when they reach as low as 2mm they really are on their way out and now is the time to seriously consider replacing them. At 1.6mm they are illegal and you could face a fine of up to £2,500 on your driving licence and up to three penalty points per tyre.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all vehicles, driving styles and budgets. Our mobile tyre fitting service means if you discover your tyres are worn dangerously low, you don’t have to risk driving on them to get to a garage or tyre depot, we come to your home or work to get the job done at a time that suits you.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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