TAKE THE 20P TEST
Tyre treads are designed to give good grip on wet roads but this decreases as a tyre’s tread pattern wears down or as the depth of water increases. Drivers should take this into consideration and reduce their speed accordingly in wet conditions.
The legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of breadth of the tread and around its entire outer circumference.
In wet weather tyre tread grooves help to remove water from the contact patch between your tyres and the road surface meaning your car can brake, steer and accelerate properly.
Without adequate tread depth your tyres may not be able to perform properly in wet conditions, reducing your safety on the road. It is advisable to replace your tyres well before they reach the legal minimum.
If you dont have time to bring your vehicle into us for checking, then there is a quick test you can do yourself at home to see if your tyre tread exceed the minimum legal tread depth.
Simply place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit.
If the outer band of the coin is visible, then your tyres are illegal and unsafe.
When taking the test, remember to check at least three locations around each tyre. You should check your tyres at least once a month.
Alternatively, bring your vehicle into us and we will check them for you.