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Tyre Awareness

Gripping Tyre Facts

As the tread is the part of your tyre that comes into contact with the road, it’s important to make sure you’re not driving with dangerously worn tyres.

Tread Depth What this means What you should do
1.6mm Your tyre is 100% worn This is the legal minimum so should be replaced immediately
3mm Your tyre is 78% worn Recommend changing it now
4mm Your tyre is 62% worn Inspect monthly

We recommend checking your tyres monthly for signs of cracking on the sidewalls. A tyre must be replaced if you find cuts deep enough to reveal the internal structure as not only is this dangerous it’s also an MOT failure.

If you drive with damaged or worn tyres you risk endangering lives. You could also invalidate your car insurance policy and risk a fine. The maximum fine which a court can impose for using a vehicle with a defective tyre is £2,500 and three penalty points.

The wrong pressure can affect wear, grip, braking performance and fuel consumption. Aim to check pressures every couple of weeks when the tyres are cold for a safer, more efficient journey.

The way you drive has a big effect on the life of your tyres with aggressive cornering, braking and speeding all increasing wear. Always drive smoothly and load the car evenly to reduce wear and tear, and increase fuel efficiency.

To help you make an informed choice about safer and more environmentally friendly driving, from 1st November 2012 all new cars tyre labels will be labelled according to their performance in three key areas: Fuel Efficiency, Wet Braking Performance and Exterior Noise Emission.

What should I look for when checking my tyres?