Did you know that it is illegal to have a tread depth lower than 1.6mm?
Having a tread depth lower than this is not only dangerous (as good tread depth equates to good grip on the roads); it is also illegal and could result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
The most accurate way to check your tread depth is to use a tyre tread depth gauge. It is a tool specifically designed for checking tread depth and is used in all Listers workshops. Our team will check your tread depth free of charge - please enquire when your vehicle comes in for a health check or service.
There are two other ways to check your tread depth, and these can be done yourself. One method is to use a tread wear indicator (TWI). By putting the probe into the centre of the tread, you can measure the tread depth. You can do this using a ruler, but it is not going to be as accurate. Your other option is to slot a 20p coin into the tyre. If you can see the coin face when the 20p is inserted, this could mean that the tread depth is too low.
When checking your tread depth yourself, you should also take a look at the tyre itself to see if it has been damaged. Your tread depth may be uneven, which may be the result of a misaligned wheel.
Whilst measuring the tread, you may notice some cupping or scalloping. This could also indicate misalignment, or possibly other issues with the vehicle. In this event, we recommend you take your vehicle to your local Listers retailer for checking as soon as possible.
Regularly checking your tyre pressure is more important than you may realise. A large proportion of accidents are caused by under-inflated tyres, they also wear out faster if they are under-inflated and wear irregularly if over-inflated. In all these instances, you may find you are replacing your tyres more frequently, which is expensive.
How to check your tyre pressure:
- Always aim to check your tyres once a month. Make sure you check all four, not just one or two.
- Check tyres when they are cold, you will obtain a more accurate reading.
- Use a reliable tyre pressure gauge, either at home or at a petrol station.
- Check your vehicle handbook to determine the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle.
- Adjust the pressure if needed by letting out some air using the valve until the gauge shows the correct level.
- Not sure how to check your tyre pressure? Ask us.
When the time comes to change your tyres, there are several factors that may influence your decision. These could be anything from your budget and driving style, to manufacturer standards and even the area in which you live.
The first and most obvious requirement for your new tyres is to ensure that they are compatible with your vehicle. You will have documentation that lists compatible tyres, however, if you are not sure what to choose, contact your local Listers retailer for guidance.