By Denna Bowman
Motorists are being urged to make sure their tyres have plenty of tread because scattered rain over the next few days will leave roads very slippery.
Tyresafe, the UK’s leading tyres safety organisation, advises vehicle owners to take their 20p test to ensure that their tyres are safe.
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 the tyres need to be replaced.