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How to check tyre tread

Worn or damaged tyres are one of the most common causes of road accidents. As your vehicle’s only point of contact with the road, being able to rely on them to provide the grip and handling required for your safety - and that of other road users - is essential. In fact, such is the importance of correct tyre tread, you can face potential fines of up to £2,500 per tyre should your vehicle be deemed unroadworthy based on the condition of your tyres.

At Gates Ford, we want to help ensure you’re always in a road-legal and safe model, which is why we’re delighted to bring you details on how to check the tyre tread of your vehicle quickly and efficiently… and all it takes is a 20p piece.

What is the recommended tyre tread?

While many tyre experts say that the minimum legal tyre tread is 1.6mm, most recommend that there is a depth of 3mm before a tyre should be replaced. This is because the difference in braking distance during wet weather between 3mm and 1.6mm can be as much as 44%. In essence, having greater tread depth results in between grip and braking performance.

How to check your tyre tread

Once you have your 20p to hand, the process of checking is easy. Insert the edge of the coin into the tread grooves of the tyre and, if you cannot see the outer band of the coin, your tyres are above the legal limit. However, should the outer band be visible, it means that the tyre tread depth is potentially unsafe and should be inspected by a professional immediately.

In addition to the 20p check, many modern tyres are equipped with tread wear indicators. These are often small raised areas found within the tread groove of the tyre and which, once level with the surface of the tread rubber, indicate that the overall tyre tread depth is approaching the legal limit.

For more details on checking your tyre tread or to have a trained professional conduct an inspection on your behalf, get in touch with the team at Gates Ford today.

How to measure tyre tread

Your vehicle tyres are among the most important elements when it comes to on-road safety. As your only point of contact with the road, tyres need to provide you with a level of grip and handling that ensures the safety of yourself and others around you. Of course, after miles and miles of use, the grip on your tyres will gradually deteriorate, lessening the quality of braking on offer. That’s why regular checks of your tyre tread are essential.

Measuring your tyre tread is a quick and easy process that can be completed at home, with all that’s required being a 20p piece. This coin is the perfect size to analyse the grip offered by your tyres, and enables you to determine whether your tyres are currently road legal or not. In fact, being road legal is of the utmost significance too, with the potential of a fine of up to £2,500 and three points per tyre a very real risk.

What is the legal depth?

Of course, before you conduct your check, you should be aware of the legal levels you need to meet. At present, the minimum legal tread depth should be at least 1.6mm; however, many experts recommend a tread depth of 3mm around the circumference of the tyre, with the difference in stopping distance during wet weather differing by as much as 44%.

In order to determine the current tyre tread depth of your vehicle, you should take the 20p coin and insert into the tread grooves of the tyre. If the external section of the coin is not visible, this means your tyres offer suitable depth. Should the outer rim of the coin be visible, you should take your vehicle to a professional for further assessment and replacement.

We at Gates Ford will be delighted to help conduct a thorough assessment of your tyre tread and provide you with options for any replacement tyres you may have. Simply liaise with a member of our expert aftersales team today.

How to measure tyre tread depth

Tyre tread depth is one of the key - and often overlooked - features that are integral to your safety on the road. In fact, checking the tread depth of a tyre is also essential to ensure that it meets the legal requirements for safety. And, aside from helping you meet the legal requirements, there are other reasons why you should check your tyre tread depth:

  • It could save you money by preventing accidents, which can be costly
  • It could prevent your car from getting stuck in mud or snow
  • It could prevent your car from skidding on ice and snow

At present, the legal tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm. This is the minimum amount that is legally acceptable for road use and it must be visible on the tyre for inspection purposes if requested by a police officer or an authorised person. Should your tread depth be less than this figure, you may well face a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre as well as three penalty points.

Checking tyre tread depth

The process of checking your tyre tread depth is quick and easy and can be conducted at home. For an accurate reading, it helps to use a 20p coin or a similar object as a measuring device. Then place it on top of one of the grooves on your tyre. The outer rim of the coin is roughly how deep your tyre treads are. If you are therefore able to view the edge of the coin, it is time to change your tyres.

Here at Gates Ford, we’re delighted to be able to provide you with a full range of aftersales support, including checking the roadworthiness of your tyres. Simply liaise with a member of the team today for more details.