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Why you must not put off checking your tyre tread depth
August 26, 2014

There are some things in life you can get away with putting off, like starting a diet or making your own compost, but ensuring your tyres are safe and legal isn’t one of those things!

Making sure your tyres have at least the legal minimum tread depth limit of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference is essential if you want to stay safe on the roads.

And it only takes a few minutes, which is another reason why it is unforgivable to keep putting it off.

If you are not sure how to check your tyres, we recommend you take a couple of minutes to watch our short video which features Vicki Butler Henderson showing you just how quick and easy it is to check your tyre tread depth.

If your tyres don’t have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread, they present a real safety hazard and can greatly reduce safety on the road, especially in wet conditions. This is because the tyre tread grooves help to evacuate water from the road surface, enabling the tyre to grip the road properly so that the vehicle can brake, steer and accelerate safely. Without adequate tread depth, all of these are greatly compromised, risking the safety of the driver, their passengers and other road users.

And not only that, but they could also land you with a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points on your driving license per bald tyre if you are stopped by the police.

So don’t put if off any longer – check your tyre tread depth now and if you need new tyres remember that etyres Consett come to you, saving you the time and hassle of taking your vehicle to a local garage or tyre depot.

Check your tyres to avoid aquaplaning this summer
August 12, 2014

Aquaplaning can strike any time of the year during heavy rain and we have certainly been having a fair share of the wet weather this summer, which is why we want to let our etyres Consett customers know how to minimise the risk of this perilous hazard.

All you have to do is sit back and take a few minutes to watch a short animated video from TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, then nip out to your car and carry out a few basic checks on your own tyres.

The short film shows how aquaplaning occurs when you are driving in pouring rain and hit a large pool of water: you lose control of your vehicle, you can’t brake, steer or accelerate out of it. It usually occurs when they tyre hasn’t got enough tread to channel the water away.

In wet conditions a cars tyres can clear enough water from the roads to fill a bucket in seven seconds and the deeper your tyre tread the better you can grip on wet roads.

This is why it is important to regularly check your tyre tread depth. If you are not sure how to check your tyre depth again all you have to do watch our short video, which features motoring expert Vicki Butler Henderson demonstrating how to find out if your tyres have at least the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.

It will only take you a few minutes, but it could save you a lot of hassle the next time the rain comes pouring down. And another reason to order your new tyres from etyres Consett is that we come to you, whatever the weather, so you don’t have to venture outside when its raining.