Tyre Advice – It’s easy to be safe, not sorry!
Your Tyres are a key factor in your car behaving the way you expect it to.
If the tread depth is low you’ll find the handling, road holding and your stopping distance change beyond all recognition…….particularly in the wet.
The thing is that whatever the weather………whether it’s hot, cold, snowy or raining, we place our trust, and the safety of our family in 4 small circles of rubber.
We happily expect our car to brake, corner and steer exactly as we ask it to………but if our tyres have minimum tread, they can’t throw water off the way they’re designed to, and their ability to stop a car weighing anything over a ton is severely reduced!
To put it in perspective – New tyres come with around 8mm of tread. The minimum legal limit is 1.6mm, and as your tread decreases, your stopping distance increases DRAMATICALLY!
A 1.6mm tyre will take almost 100 feet further to stop than an 8mm tyre! And that’s a distance that could easily be life threatening.
And bear in mind,illegal tread could also mean points on your licence and a hefty fine (up to £2,500…..for each and every illegal tyre).
And keep an eye on your tyre pressures. Low pressures will affect fuel consumption, cause cracking, bulging and radically affect your safety.
A quick way to check your tyre tread depth
Checking tyre depth is straightforward.
Turn your wheel out from the body and take a close look at the tyre -you’ll notice that part of the tread running across the Tyre has bars on it. Once these bars are level with the rest of the tread, you’re at the minimum legal tread depth.