40% of UK drivers lack knowledge of how to check their tyre treadTuesday 20th June 2023
New research has revealed that 40% of UK drivers can’t confidently check their tyre tread depth.
This lack of knowledge spans across a broad range of drivers, with over half of 18-34 year olds not knowing how to check that their tread is within the legal limit, and over a third of 35-54 year olds also feeling uncertain.
Checking your tread is easy to do at home yourself, and it could save you time and money.
The simplest method is the 20p test. You’re looking for the tread to be above 1.6mm, otherwise it’s time to change your tyre.
Take a 20p and place it upright into the main grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the coin is obscured by the tyre, then the tread is within the legal limit. However if you can see the outer band of the coin, your tyres are likely to be illegal and will need replacing as soon as possible.
Failing to carry out regular checks on your tyres could put you at risk of a hefty fine if stopped by the police and your tread is illegal. The penalty is up to 3 points on your licence and £2,500 fine per tyre.
Don’t delay, check your tread depths today and stay safe. For more advice, speak to your local Davanti dealer.