Making sure your tyres are fit for purpose #TyreKnowledge

Car Tyre tread

It’s important to take good care of your tyres to prevent them from becoming damaged.  With two children in the car I want to ensure my car is as safe as it can possibly be.  I don’t have a huge amount of knowledge when it comes to maintaining cars, but I have learnt the basics.  You don’t want poor tyres because it would also mean you could fail your MOT.  It gets quite expensive to have to rebook one of those.

Now we are approaching winter you want to make sure your car is in its best shape.  Staying safe on he roads in winter can be much more challenging as driving conditions are worse in October, November and December.

TyrePlus wrote an interesting e-Book about getting to grip with your tyres.  It’s well worth a read if you want to increase your tyre knowledge.

The Law

You have a legal obligation to make sure your tyres are fit for purpose and free from defects.  This is to ensure your own and other road users’ safety.  Tyres must also be correctly inflated, so its important you know the recommended pressure for your car.

Over and under inflated tyres wear out quicker so following the law also helps you save money.

The minimum tread depth by law is 1.6mm if you don’t meet the legal requirement it gets costly!  You can be fined £2,500 per tyre!!!  So, you see tyre knowledge is a must unless you want to face an empty bank account.  On top of that you face three penalty points on your license. 12 points within a three-year period and you can be disqualified from driving.

Best Practice

The law is just a guideline, safety experts say its best to change your tyres when they go below 3mm tread depth.  The tread is essential when you brake so you want it to be as good as it can be to make you can stop quickly!  In wet driving conditions the difference from a 3mm to 1.6mm tread is very noticeable.

If your wondering how you can easily tell if your tread depth is okay do the 20p test.  Insert the coin into the tyre grooves if the tyres are okay then you shouldn’t see the outer part of the coin.  Of course, if you have a tool to measure tyre depth even better!  It’s one of those gifts that keeps giving or, so the wife tells me.

Regularly check for damage

Make sure you also check your tyres for any visible damage, bumps or tears.  My wife always makes me double check when I have driven slightly too close to the kerb!

Hopefully reading all about tyre knowledge will encourage you all to go off and check your tyres!  Drive safely everyone.

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