Check Your Tyre Treads & Stay Safe

Car tyre check

When you buy a new tyre for your car or vehicle, the depth of the tread is approximately 8mm. The minimum legal depth is 1.6mm, but motoring organisations such as the AA or RAC usually recommend replacing your tyres at 2mm. Worn tyre treads are a serious safety risk, but can also prove to be costly. A fine for bald tyres in the UK is £2,500 plus three points on your licence per tyre. Therefore, it’s very important to check them regularly for signs of damage or wear.

What Causes Your Tyres to Wear?

A typical lifespan of a good quality tyre is around 3 to 5 years, but there are a number of factors that can cause increased tyre wear. These include:

  • Incorrect tyre pressures – over- or under-inflated tyres can cause uneven wear on your tyres;
  • Driving style – accelerating quickly and braking hard will increase the wear on your tyres, or even result in a more rapid air loss;
  • Overloading – a heavy car will cause your tyres to overheat, increasing the risk of an accident and increasing tyre wear;
  • Alignment – check your wheel alignment or your tyres will wear unevenly.

How Do I Check My Tyres?

Your tyres should include indicators that show you how close you are to the legal limit. These indicators are small raised areas at the bottom of the grooves on your tyres. When the tread rubber is level with these raised areas, it’s an indication that the tread depth is approaching the legal limit of 1.6mm, and you should have your tyres checked, and replaced if necessary.

There is another common method of checking your tyre tread depth using a 20p coin. Put the coin into the grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the coin is hidden when inserted, your tyre is above the legal limit.

Further Information

The RAC has produced a useful video that explains why you should check your tyres regularly and get them replaced.

Royston Motor Co are on hand to check your tyres and advise you of when you need to replace them. We supply and fit replacement tyres to customers in Neath, Port Talbot and the surrounding areas. You don’t need to make an appointment, call into the garage and speak to one of our team.