How to check your tyres

Your tyres are the one part of your car that have contact with the road, that’s why it is very important that you keep them in good working order.

What are the legal tyre requirements?

There are a few requirements you should know about when you check you tyres. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band across the central three quarters of breadth of the tread. During a service it may be advised that you change your tyres once the reach 3mm. It is a good idea to get your tyres changed at 3mm especially during the winter months as the you need as much tread as possible to cope with the wet and icy roads!

The 20p test

You don’t need any fancy equipment to check the tread depth of your tyres, all you need is a 20p coin. Place the coin in main tread of the tyre. If you can’t see the outer band of the coin then your tyres are still above the legal tread limit. If you can see the band then it’s time to get your tyres checked by a professional. We can give your tyres a full health check when you book you car in for a service with us.

Check for other signs of wear and tear

As well as checking the tyre tread depth you also want to check them for any cuts, bulges or sharp items that may cause the tyre to go flat. If any of your tyres have these then get them replaced.

Tyre pressure

Don’t forget to check your tyre pressure as well. Under-inflated tyres are dangerous and will affect handling and grip on the road. If you don't want to buy the kit to test them at home head to your local petrol station forecourt where you can test and top up your tyre pressure. Make sure you check what the tyre pressure should be for your car, have a look in your car handbook for the correct pressure for your tyres.

Added: 31 October 2016