Check your Tyres

If your car doesn’t handle or grip the road as well as usual in wet weather or takes longer to stop when you are braking, this could be a sign that your tyres need changing.

The UK law requires car tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

To help you judge how much tread you have on your car tyres, manufacturers often mould tread bars at roughly 1.6mm.

At 1.6mm in wet weather, it takes an extra two car lengths to stop at 50mph than if your tread was 3mm.


You as the driver are responsible for making sure your tyres are road worthy.


We recommend regular safety checks of your tyres by any local garage. Such checks can help you avoid penalty points, fines and possible disqualification from driving.


What increases tyre wear?


High speed driving increases temperature and wear.

Driving with an excess load.

Pressure – under/over inflation.


What if you get into an accident with illegal tyres?


Driving with tyres considered dangerous because of your tread puts you at risk of a fine up to £2,500 and 3 points per tyre.



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