How Do I Know If My Tyres Need Changing
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This article discusses how to know if your tyres need changing? When should you replace the tyres on your car?
When should you replace the tyres on your car?
Tyres are the one area of a car that most motorists overlook in terms of condition and maintenance. This is probably why more than 10% of cars fail their MOTs thanks to worn-out or defective tyres.
And, funnily enough, they're one of the easiest parts of your car to look after. It's easy to stay on top of your tyre maintenance with basic checks and a little know-how.
Warning signs that your car's tyres need replacing
A few key factors affect how your tyres degrade, including road conditions, weather conditions, and driving style.
Whether it's potholes and poorly looked-after roads or loose stones, the roads you drive on constantly attack your tyres causing them to wear and ultimately lose their grip. Therefore, it's important to look for the tell-tale signs that your tyres might need replacing.
Tyre tread depth and tyre safety
Checking your tyre tread depth is one of the most important checks you can carry out on your car. If your tyre tread is worn down, the contact patch between you and the road is reduced, making it far more dangerous to drive. It's also a legal requirement to have a safe tread on your tyres. If you don't, you risk not only endangering yourself and other motorists, but you could face a £2,500 fine per worn tyre and twelve points on your licence.
What is the legal tyre tread depth?
Again, the legal tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm across the middle 3/4 of the tyre. This must be the case around the entire circumference of the tyre.
How to check your car tyre tread
There is one easy method for any motorist to check that their car tyres have the required minimum tread depth of at least 1.6mm around the entire circumference. This method is the 20p test.
This is the simplest way for you to check the tread depth on your car tyres. All you do is take a 20p coin and slot it into the tread grooves.
At this point, if you can see the coin's outer band above the tread, your tyre tread is below the legal limit and should be inspected or replaced by a professional.
If the tread covers the outer band of the 20p coin, your tyres are safe and legal to drive on.
If you take frequent long journeys in your car, then you should conduct the 20p test every couple of weeks.
Again, you can always refer to the tyre tread wear indicators that are embossed into the sidewall or tread of most modern tyres to tell if they are too worn. Once your tread becomes flush with these tread depth indicators or indentations, then they are too flat and must be replaced. They can also tell you if you have uneven tyre wear or irregular tread wear.
What happens if you have an accident on illegal/bald tyres?
Driving on tyres with a low tread, or worse if they are completely bald, is incredibly dangerous for you, your passengers and other road users. If you cause or are involved in an accident with illegal tyres, there are some serious consequences coming your way. Any insurance claim you make will be invalidated, meaning you will have to pay for any repairs for your car yourself.
Again, you also run the risk of facing serious fines if you are caught driving on defective tyres. You'll be given up to twelve penalty points on your driver's licence and could face £2,500 fines for each of your worn tyres. Working that out, if all four of your tyres fail inspection, you could end up paying £10,000. To avoid this, you can invest in proper tyre tread depth gauges or other equipment to help you keep on top of your tyre tread levels. These will tell you when a tyre replacement is required.
If you require annual servicing, choose a garage that you can trust. Follow the link below to contact a car service mechanic in Watford.