Tyre Safety Month highlights the dangers of driving on tyres that have insufficient tread depth, making them both illegal and dangerous.
We always recommend drivers check their tyres regularly and it is especially important when the seasons change. Last year was one of the wettest winters on record so it is essential to make sure your vehicle’s tyres are safe as we head into the new season.
Vehicles with tyres that do not have the legal amount of tread pose a danger to the driver and to other road users. Stopping distances are increased, cornering ability is reduced and the chance of aquaplaning is a higher risk, all as a result of illegal tread depth.
The current law states that tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its whole circumference. Drivers with tyres that fail to meet these standards face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per illegal tyre.
Throughout October we will be offering you a free five point tyre safety check.
Our fully trained staff will check your vehicle’s tread depth, tyre pressures, general condition of tyres, age of tyres and alignment. All of these areas are important to make sure tyres are in a safe and roadworthy condition.