When it comes to your car tyres, we all seem to be a bit nonchalant, we all seem to assume that they are in good working order from a casual glance once in a while. However, you might not necessarily be aware of a problem unless you go out of your way to look for it.
Why You Should Check Your Tread Depth
Making sure each tyre has enough tread depth is essential for your road safety and others on the road. There are lots of reasons why tread depth is vital. Such as, a sufficient amount of tread depth is vital so that your car can grip the road properly in adverse conditions. This is especially important in wet and cold road conditions and is one of the most vital checks you can carry out.
To check your tyre tread depth, you can use a special tool called a tread depth gauge. This little gadget is designed to give you a quick, accurate measurement of an individual tyre and will help you check if your tyre is above the legal minimum or not. Alternatively, you could use the now famous 20p tread test. Slot the 20p into the groove of the tyre and establish if you can still see the outer strip of the coin or not. If you cannot see it, your tyre tread depth is over the legal limit and safe. However, if you can see the outer strip, it is likely the tyre is unsafe and needs replacing.
Tyres And The Law
Here in England, the law states emphatically that each tyre on your car must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. If you are stopped by the police and it is found that one or more of your tyres has a tread depth below this legal limit, you could expect to be fined £2,500 and receive three penalty points per tyre.
Measuring Your Tyre Pressures
The pressure of each of your tyres plays a vital role in your road safety and for other road users. Without the right amount of pressure in your tyres, you could risk not being in complete control of your vehicle. In fact, under or over inflated tyres can seriously impact the handling and grip of your car. This can be especially dangerous when you are driving at high speeds, such as on a motorway.
Tyre Pressure Checks Paignton
First you need to find out the correct pressure for your tyres. This should be stated in your car’s owner’s manual and will be referred to as pounds per inch (PSI). Once you know this, you will be able to measure each tyre. You can do this with a digital pressure gauge or pop down to your local tyre supplier. Using this device is quick and easy, and it will enable you to work out if you need to inflate or deflate your tyres. For an accurate reading, make sure you perform this check when your tyres are cold.
Car Tyre Wear And Tear
There is no denying that your tyres go through a lot day to day, so it is perfectly normal for them to suffer some general wear, tear and damage especially in the winter. However, unless you go out of your way to look for it, you might not be aware of any damage, meaning that you could be driving around with unsafe tyres. This means it is very important that you get into the habit of inspecting your tyres on a regular basis. When you are knelt checking them over, take your time to look at the surface, keeping an eye out for cuts, bulges and signs of cracking in the sidewall.
As a good motorist, it is very important that you are aware of the importance of having roadworthy tyres and what you can do to ensure the safety of yourself and other drivers.
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