Check your tyre tread depth with a 20p coin
Did you know that in a survey undertaken last year, a staggering 69% of drivers questioned were not aware of the legal minimum tyre tread depth for the UK?Did you know that in a survey undertaken last year, a staggering 69% of drivers questioned were not aware of the legal minimum tyre tread depth for the UK? Ask yourself, do you? If not, you really need to know.
First, let’s get a better understanding of tyre treads. Simply put, they’re the grooves you find on your tyres, and they’re there to remove water from the road. This enables your vehicle to better grip the road surface. Without tyre treads, you’d struggle to control your car, especially in the wet when cornering and braking water cannot be dispersed between the tyre and the road surface leading to sliding. Think Formula 1 cars, driving on slick tyres (which have no tyre tread) in the rain… they skid and slide uncontrollably off the track so have to pit quickly to change to intermediate or wet tyres. Now picture the same situation, when it’s you, doing 70 mph on a wet motorway and your driving on tyres with no tread like slicks… It doesn’t bear thinking about does it. The more tread depth you have on your tyres, the more they can clear water from the road surface, and the better grip you’ll achieve. Simple as that. Plus your stopping distances will be much shorter too.