The condition of your car’s tyres is not only important to safety and performance – it’s also a legal requirement that they must always be maintained to a particular standard. Therefore, it’s vital to know how to check whether your vehicle’s tyres are legal and whether they need replacing.
The legal minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm across three-quarters of the tyre tread, and around its complete circumference. Tyres with any visible cuts, tears or bulges that expose the ply or cord can also make your car unroadworthy, so a regular check is recommended.
Checking tyre tread depth is straightforward; all you need is a tread depth gauge which can be purchased from most automotive accessories retailers. If you are found to be driving on tyres that do not meet the minimum depth, you risk facing a points penalty on your licence and a significant fine for each illegal tyre. Our video guide above shows you how to avoid this.
With below-standard tyres you are not only endangering yourself, but also other road-users. Stopping distances increase dramatically when tread becomes worn, particularly in wet or icy conditions.
If your car needs new tyres, or you would like us to perform a no-obligation tyre safety check, please get in touch with your nearest Barons or Chandlers BMW and MINI dealership today.
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