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. It is therefore advisable to consider replacing your tyres well before they reach the legal minimum.
Furthermore, drivers whose tyres fail to comply with the minimum tread depth requirements risk a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre
The legal minimum tyre tread depth for cars in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm, across the central three-quarters of the tyre. The tread must meet this minimum requirement across its complete circumference.
THE 20P TEST
A quick and easy way to see if your tyre tread exceed the minimum legal tread depth is to take the 20p test.
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 your tread is above the legal limit.
If the outer band of the coin is visible, then your tyres may be illegal and unsafe. They should be checked immediately by a qualified tyre professional.
When taking the test, remember to check at least three locations around each tyre. As the test is so quick and easy, stay safe by checking your tyres at least once a month.
We supply and fit a wide range of tyres including run-flat, low profile up to 22″ and commercial (including centre-less wheels) and possess a Tecalemit AL518 with extended facility package. As a result we can specialise in cars with lowered suspension, large diameter wheels, bodykits and low profile tyres.
• Does your car drift / pull to one direction when driving?
• Does your car suffer from uneven tyre wear?
If so the chances are your ‘Wheel Alignment’ is incorrect. We provide a complete wheel alignment service for 95% of vehicles on the road, from just £46+vat.
On top of that we have steel 3200kg tracking tables fabricated to suit larger vehicles and U.S. shim type wheel alignment techniques. Up to 40% of vehicles on the road in the UK are said to have incorrect wheel alignment; which subsequently speeds up wear and promotes poor road holding.
Why fitting part-worn tyres is a false economy
Tyres play a critical role in road safety, as they are the only part of a vehicle in contact with the road surface. Acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tyres’ relatively small contact area with the road surface; so their correct selection, care and maintenance is essential.
Check your tyre’s pressure, tread depth and general condition regularly, to maximise road safety and prolong its life.
When replacing tyres, fitting new ones is the safest option.
We carry out fitting from £12 – including new valve and wheel balance.