How to Check Whether Your Tyres are Legal

Keeping your tyres in good shape doesn't just lead to better overall safety on the road – it's also a legal requirement which can lead to points on your licence and a hefty fine if it's not adhered to.

The legal limit for the minimum depth of tyre tread is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tread around the complete circumference of your tyre. If your tread has diminished below the required level, this can seriously lengthen your stopping distance, particularly in poor weather conditions. It can also lead to highly dangerous aquaplaning across west surfaces. Tyre tread is important because it is the only part of the vehicle that is in contact with the road. This means that tyres play a critical role in defining a car's handling, steering and braking performance, as well as affecting the overall safety of the entire vehicle.

For safety reasons, technicians recommend that car owners change their tyres before the legal limit is reached. In fact, most manufacturers recommend replacing tyres when the level gets to 3mm. Regular inspections can help you avoid three penalty points and significant fines on each tyre if they don't comply.  You can purchase an easy-to-read depth gauge checker to measure tread depth, and most tyres will already have tread wear indicators moulded into the base of the main grooves. ​

When the tread level reaches this mark, it means the legal limit has been exceeded and the tyres should be replaced.

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