Record rainfall reinforces tyre tread check requirements
With the Met Office confirming that the UK has just experienced its wettest winter since records began, road safety organisation, TyreSafe, is reminding drivers about the need to ensure their tyres have sufficient tread depth to keep them safe on wet roads.
With the Met Office confirming that the UK has just experienced its wettest winter since records began TyreSafe, is reminding drivers about the need to ensure their tyres have sufficient tread depth.
“It’s no great surprise that this has been the wettest winter on record, but sadly many drivers are unaware that their tyres must be properly maintained and regularly inspected to ensure they remain safe and legal on the road,” explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “Insufficient tread depth could not only see you falling foul of the law, but it will also hamper your car’s ability to brake, accelerate and corner safely.”
Current UK law requires car drivers to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Those failing to comply with these regulations risk a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.
Adequate tread depth is particularly important in the winter months as the tread grooves help to remove water from the road surface, allowing the tyre to grip the road properly. Insufficient tread depth can lead to a loss of grip and longer stopping distances, with potentially devastating consequences.
However, to help drivers assess if their tyres are safe and legal, TyreSafe has developed the quick and easy 20p test. To perform the test, drivers should place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves their tyres. If the outer band of the 20p coin is visible when inserted, it’s likely that the tyre is close to, or below the legal limit and should be inspected by a tyre professional. When performing the 20p test, drivers are advised to check the depth at a minimum of three points around each tyre.
“The 20p test is incredibly simple to understand and quick to perform,” adds Jackson. “And with so many wet roads this year, the coin really could be a lifesaver in your pocket!”