Your tyres can take quite a battering as they cope with your daily journeys and commutes. They put up with a lot so it is important to keep them in good condition and change them when required to do so. Here are our top tips on how to check you tyre treads, wear and tear and tyre pressure.
The 20p Test
You’re legally required to change your tyres when the tread goes below 1.6mm, most garages will advise you get them changed once they go below 3mm. Your tyre tread is what gives you grip on the road, the lower the tread gets the longer your stopping distance is. During this time of year when the roads can be icy it is even more important that you make sure your tyres have enough tread to cope with the road conditions.
The 20p Test is a quick and easy way to give you an indication of how your tyres are doing. Simply place a 20p coin in the centre of your tyre tread and if you can see the outer ring of the coin then it is time to head to your local garage to get them changed.
Cuts and Bulges
While checking the tyre tread you also want to make sure there aren’t any cuts or bulges in your tyres as these can cause your tyres to go flat and to even explode while you’re on the move. So if you notice anything out of the ordinary go and get them checked out!
Lastly you need to make sure your tyres are inflated correctly. Under or overinflated tyres will affect the performance of your car and your stopping distances. Most petrol station forecourts have an air pump and your log book will tell you how inflated your tyres should be. Incorrectly inflated tyres will also wear the tread down quicker and inevitably cost you more money, so it’s worth checking these on a regular basis.