How to Visually Inspect Your Only Point of Contact with the Road: Your Tyres

Knowing how to check your tyres' tread depth is crucial to the safety and optimum performance of your vehicle. 

How to Visually Inspect Your Only Point of Contact with the Road: Your Tyres

Knowing how to check your tyres' tread depth is crucial to the safety and optimum performance of your vehicle. Failure to do so is not only dangerous, it's costly: a £2,500 fine and three penalty points per tyre. And if you are caught with four tyres below the legally accepted limit, you risk losing your license and paying a £10,000 fine.

The legally accepted tyre tread depth is 1.6mm. However, car experts agree that 3mm is a safer operational guideline. The Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) discovered a 44% difference between vehicles' wet braking distance on tyres worn to 3mm versus tyres worn to 1.6mm. The deeper the tread on your tyres, the better they perform.

The easiest way for you to visually inspect your tyres is to do the 20p test for each tyre once per month. It takes less than a minute to complete per tyre. Lodge a 20p coin into the tread marks on your tyre. If you cannot see the outer ring of the 20p coin, your tyre is safe and above the limit. If the outer ring is visible, you need to have your tyres checked, as they are probably unsafe and illegal.

Protyre is the UK's foremost fitter and supplier of tyres. We offer a free check at all our local Protyre garages to ensure our customers are travelling safely and their vehicles are roadworthy. 

When Should My Car Be Serviced?

It's essential your car is serviced after every 12,000 miles or 12 months. And if you receive a self-diagnostic warning from your vehicle that your service is due, pay attention to it and book your car in at a trusted garage. In addition to safety and performance, you maintain the value of your car if you can show a regular service record from a well-regarded garage. It's a good idea to check your vehicle's service portfolio for your recommended car servicing intervals specific to your model. 

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If you neglect maintaining and servicing your vehicle, you also risk dealing with MOT retests. Most of the time MOT retests are for preventable issues, such as worn tyre treads. It's good practice for you - and your wallet - to keep an eye on your tyres and book yourself in for free MOT retests at your local Protyre garage. 

Protyre is passionate about the safety, performance and durability of our customers' cars. We encourage you to check in with us for a free service if you have any queries relating to your car's service standards and regularity.

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About the author

Dean Richardson

Dean is a Regional Director for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protech Academy. The Protech Academy is a centre of excellence where the Protyre team learn the latest mechanical knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and develop their expertise to share with our customers at their local garage. The Academy is also designed to help us stay ahead of the ever changing automotive market by ensuring we have the best skills available to deal with advanced driver assist systems, hybrid/ electric vehicles in addition to all the new technology finding their way into our vehicles. During Dean's career he has worked for some of the biggest names in the fast-fit and mechanical aftermarket and as the man responsible for developing our people and their mechanical skills he is ideally suited to help provide advice in the latest in car technology and ongoing maintenance of your vehicle no matter how new or old it maybe.

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