About Tyre Treads

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Your tyres and you

Why Tyre Treads?

Ensuring that the tyres on your vehicle are up to scratch is imperative to your overall safety on the road.

There are a range of factors to be aware of and check regularly to follow the law and maximise the performance of your car or van.

Whether you need us to be Emergency Tyre Fitters or be a Tyre Replacement Service for you, we can provide!

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Tyre Treads

Tyre treads are one of the most important factors when it comes to tyre safety as Emergency Tyre Suppliers as well as Emergency Tyre Fitters.

The legal limit for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm – this should be checked at least on a monthly basis to avoid both health and safety, and financial repercussions.

Whilst tyre tread gauges can be used to make precise measurements on tread depth, a simple and commonly-used method is with to place a 20 pence piece inside the tread grooves, and making sure your line of sight is level with the tyre, check to see if the outer band of the coin is blocked by the tyre.

If this is the case, and you have checked multiple areas of the tyre, your tyres exceed the legal limit. If the outer band is visible, you may be near the limit and should have your tyres checked by a professional.

So, why are tyres so important?


One of the most important functions of tyre treads is to enable the tyre to grip the road when braking, and particularly when performing an emergency stop so you are able to bring your vehicle to a stop in the shortest distance possible.

Braking distance is proportional to tyre tread depth so braking distance increases the greater the wear on your tyres.

This is compounded when taking into account wet driving conditions. In very wet conditions aquaplaning can occur, which is when water between the tyres and the road causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Tyre treads are designed to displace water from the road surface as you are driving, so naturally, the greater the tread the more adequately wet conditions can be handled.

Check your tyres on a regular basis to be certain that your vehicle is equipped for all weather conditions.

To avoid any of these issues, please get in contact with your favourite Mobile Tyre Fitters and Emergency Tyre Fitters!

The Law

In addition to driving performance, allowing your tyres to wear down to less than 1.6mm tread depth means you will fall foul of the law.

If you happen to be stopped by police with insufficient tyre tread, you may receive a fine of up to £2,500 and 3 points on your licence.

A conviction for using a vehicle with substandard tyres will also impact upon your insurance premium.

Don't leave it to chance, contact Tyre Treads today.

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