Be certain your tyres are safe and legal, and don’t continue to drive on worn or damaged tyres. You could be risking your life, and the lives of the people around you.
Tyres are your car’s only contact with the road
Tyres are a key safety feature of your car. The amount of each tyre in contact with the road is no more than the size of the palm of your hand. This is all that is between your safety and an accident that could seriously affect your health.
A worn tyre could increase your braking distance by up to 70% on a wet road
Check the tyre tread. The tread depth must be above the legal minimum of 1.6 mm throughout a continuous strip in the centre three quarters of the tread, and around the entire tyre circumference.
The 3 mm tread campaign
The legal requirement of 1.6 mm is being challenged. The 3mm tread campaign by MIRA is recommending that drivers change their tyres when the tread reaches 3 mm. This is for utmost safety, especially when driving in the wet at high speeds.
Check the condition of your car tyres often
Check your tyres regularly, and always before long journeys. If you are in doubt, go to a tyre company and seek expert advice.
- Over-inflated tyres can cause excess wear, shorten the life of the tyre, and result in an uncomfortable ride. Inflate tyres in accordance with your vehicle’s manufacturer handbook.
- Under-inflated tyres will increase your fuel consumption, shorten the life of the tyre, and increase the likelihood of damage to the tyre if you hit the kerb.
Check the general condition of your tyres for any sign of bumps, bulges or cuts which could cause a blow out when driving.
What is the penalty if you are stopped with illegal tyres?
Well, just don’t do it! Apart from your safety there is a legal requirement and the maximum penalty could be 3 points per illegal tyre and the court may impose a fine up to £2,500.
Tips when putting on new tyres
When renewing tyres, legally you have to keep the same size and type of tyre – and preferably the same pattern.
Generally, fit new tyres to the rear. Tyres with a deeper tread are less likely to puncture, and it is more difficult to control a car with a damaged rear tyre.