No matter what car or vehicle you drive the condition of the tyres is one of the most important factors for safety.
As the tyres are the only part of the vehicle actually in contact with the road and given that they play such an important role in safety. Every tyre on your car (including the spare wheel) must comply with minimum legal requirements regarding their condition.
- Tyres must be fit for purpose, free from any defects that might damage the road or endanger any person.
- Tyres must be correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s and the tyre manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
What does fit for purpose mean.
- The grooves of the tread pattern of the tyre have a depth of at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the centre three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre and round the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
- The tyre must be compatible with the vehicle and the types of tyres fitted to the other wheels
- A tyre cannot have any lumps, bulges or tears caused by a failure in the tyres construction
- No cuts or tears larger than 25mm or 10% of the width of the tyre whichever is greater. Or any cuts or tears that is deep enough to reach the ply or cord of the tyre.
- Must not have any ply or cord exposed.
4 easy ways to check tyre tread
- One of the easiest ways to check your tyre tread depth is to pop into A&M Tyres Wigan, we’ll check them for free and answer any questions you may have about your tyre safety.
- The next easy way to check is to use a 20p coin. Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin can’t be seen when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit.
- Take a look at the wear indicators on your tyres. Most tyres these days have wear indicators built in, they look like small lumps of rubber between the treads of the tyres. If you take a look at most tyres you should be able to find them. If the tyre tread is level with these rubber lumps then you probably need to replace the tyre – simple.
- You could also always buy yourself an approved tyre depth gauge these are available from most car accessory shops or online at shops like Amazon
No matter what questions you have about tyres, wheel alignment or balancing contact A&M Tyres today we are always happy.