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Are My Tyres Safe?

Tyres are the only point of contact your vehicle has with the road, so they must be in good condition to ensure your vehicle is as safe as possible. Worn tyres will hinder your vehicle's grip on the road and increase your stopping time when braking, which can be incredibly dangerous and lead to accidents. 


The Legal Tyre Tread Depth 


There is a legal limit for tyre tread depth to keep vehicles as safe as possible. This limit is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre, and the tread must meet this minimum requirement around its circumference. 


If your vehicle does not meet the minimum tread depth requirements, you can be fined £2,500 per tyre and have three penalty points placed on your license. 


Although the minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, most experts believe anything under 3mm is unsafe, and you should replace it. Tests by the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) have shown that once tyre tread depth is below 3mm, the braking distance significantly increases. A vehicle with a tyre tread depth of 1.6mm will travel 44% further before stopping than a vehicle with tyres at 3mm, which could be the difference between stopping safely and causing an accident. 


How to Check Tyre Tread Depth 


The easiest way to check your tyre tread depth is by using a 20p coin and putting it into your tyre's tread grooves. If you don't see the outer band on the coin, your tyres are above the 1.6mm legal limit. If you can see the coin's outer band, your tyres are likely below the legal limit, and you should immediately take your vehicle to a garage for inspection. 


Tyre Safety for Winter 


Of course, tyre safety is vital throughout the year, but it is essential in winter when the weather is worse, the roads are generally wetter, and there can be snow and ice. 


Tyres with more tread depth are better able to grip the road surface, and when there is heavy rain, tyre treads move the water away from the contact area between the tyre and the road. If there is less tyre tread, less water can be dispersed, and there is a greater risk of aquaplaning and losing control of your vehicle. 


If you want your tyres checked by a professional team to ensure they're safe this winter, BETS Autos can assist. Call us on 01443 224 266 to book in your vehicle at a convenient time, and we can check your tyres while you wait. 


If you require a new tyre or multiple tyres, we have a wide range of tyres in stock for all makes and models – from family cars to sports cars and vans. If you're unsure what type of tyre you need, our on-site tyre experts can guide you through the different choices to make sure you choose the one that's right for your vehicle and your budget.