Close-up of Tires stack

Checking your tyres’ tread depth is an important factor in regards to making sure your tyres are road legal. With worn tyres, you could be a hazard on the road and put yourself and others at risks thus increasing the chance of an accident. Other than causing an accident, there is also a risk of a £2,500 fine and three penalty points for a worn tyre- that is per tyre as well and if it discovered that four tyres are worn out below the legal limit, you could potentially lose your licence and be slapped with a £10,000 fine. To prevent this from happening, the legal minimum tyre tread depth for cars in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm and that’s across the central three quarters of the tyres.

To make sure you have a set of road legal tyres can come at a high price tag. In the long term, Tyres are possibly the most expensive part of a car and that is why it is important to take care of them, sp ensure you buy a set that will last. Don’t let this worry you, because at Elite Direct you don’t have to break the bank when purchasing new car tyres as they will offer you a durable range of cheap car tyres Essex.  There are multiple ways in regards to getting your tyres road legal, you can buy a tyre gauge that will help you assess the tyres tread depth and you can also get certain colour-coded tools that let you know if a tyre is legal or not. Other than this, it is considered that the easiest way to figure out if your tyre depth is legal or not is by using a 20p coin. Use the coin’s face as an indicator- if it is visible when you place it between the tread of the tyre, then you know that the tread depth is too low and the tyre should be replaced.

Worn tyres are prone to accidents

The reason why this is an important factor in regards to driving is purely because worn tyres can cause accidents to you and other drivers.  Worn tyres are dangerous especially in wet and damp conditions because the tyres’ tread helps disperse the water away from the contact patch between tyre and road. It works as a barrier that keeps the tyres surface at a reasonable state- if there is less tread depth, less water can be increase the risk of losing grip of the road. Always take notice of the terrain you are driving on and the conditions of the road because if you’re driving in heavy rain and your tyre depth is not at the required condition, you may experience the particularly hazardous phenomenon of aquaplaning.

So it doesn’t take a lot, just grab a 20 pence coin and check the tread depth of your tyres, by doing this you could save you and other people from an accident and the loss of your licence.