As October is Tyre Safety Month here’s GWA’s five point tyre check.
Why should I check my tyres?
It is advised that you check your tyres every month.
Your tyres are the only thing between you and the road, the contact area on each tyre is about the size of a credit card. As we are coming into the winter months it is becoming more important.
Worn tyres significantly impede the performance of your car, low tread depths reduce the effectiveness of grip, braking, steering, and acceleration.
What Should I Check?
Below is GWA’s five point tyre check that we strongly recommend you complete:
- Check overall condition of tyres, including inner and outer sidewalls.
- Check tyre tread depth. 1.6mm is the legal limit.
- Check all tyre pressures. Recommended pressures can be found in your handbook.
- Check signs of irregular wear. This could mean the alignment is out.
- Check and examine the spare tyre. Just as a precaution.
Did you know you are not insured if your tyres are under the legal limit of 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre.
Also for each illegal tyre you face a fine of up to £2,500 and the chance of three penalty points on your driving license.
There is a simple test you can perform to test the tread depth of you tyres and the best part is that the device fits snugly into your pocket…. a 20 pence piece.
To test, take a 20p and place it in-between the main grooves of the tyre. If you can see the outer band of the coin, the tyre may have insufficient tread depth. At this point, it is advised that you have your tyres checked over by a qualified mechanic.
Over the next few days be sure to check your tyres.
If you have any questions please call Chris on 01243 510650