Check your tyre’s Air pressure, Condition
and Tread depth at least once a month –
Your tyres’ tread is critical for acceleration, braking, steering and cornering. The legal minimum limit for car tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tread around its entire circumference.
To check your tread, 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 depth is above the legal limit.
If the outer band of the coin is visible, then your
tyres may be illegal and unsafe.
Correct tyre pressures reduce the risk of experiencing a rapid deflation, and also ensure optimal braking and handling. Correctly inflated tyres also last longer and use less fuel.
You can find the recommended pressure in your door shut, fuel filler cap or owner’s manual and you can top up with air at most service stations.
Check your tyres for any bulges, lumps or cuts and remove any stones or objects from the tread.
If something doesn’t look right, have it inspected immediately by a tyre professional.
Make sure you carry out these checks once a
month, and before long journeys.