The legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of breadth of the tread and around its entire outer circumference.
In wet weather tyre tread grooves help to remove water from the contact patch between your tyres and the road surface meaning your car can brake, steer and accelerate properly.
Drivers whose tyres fail to comply with the minimum tread depth requirements risk a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre
The 20p Test
A quick and easy way to see if your tyre tread exceed the minimum legal tread depth is to take the 20p test.
Simply place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p...
How To Choose the Best Tyres For Your Vehicle.
There are many different tyre brands on the market today, so choosing the correct one can be a bit of a minefield. Size, compound, profile and cost are all things to consider when shopping for tyres. There are many numbers on the side wall of a tyre, so understanding what they mean will help you.They will display something similar to this example: 195/50 R15 92H.
The first three numbers are the width of the tyre in millimeters. (195) The next is the profile of the tyre (50) which is the ratio of the tyres width to height as a percentage. Next is the diameter of the rim...