Don't Ignore Your Tyres. Get Them Checked Once a Month!

There are over 37 million vehicles on the UK’s roads – but did you know, potentially one-in-four has illegal or poorly maintained tyres?


  • Potentially over 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres could be on Britain’s roads in 2016
  • 177 people killed or seriously injured from incidents involving defective tyres
  • Tread depth has a decisive influence on the way your vehicle accelerates, brakes and corners
  • Safe tyres with legal tread depth will reduce the risks to you, your passengers and all road users
  • Driving on tyres with illegal tread depth not only reduces your safety on the road but also risks a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre

Get into the groove with your safety – carry out these simple checks.

Check your tyre’s Air pressure, Condition and Tread depth at least once a month – ACT


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.

Visit Hills Ford during the Tyre Safety Month to get a Free Tyre Safety Check!