Checking Tyres Regularly for Wear

Checking Tyres Regularly for Wear

One of the most important car safety checks you can do is to check your tyres for wear.  This is an often ignored task, which can easily result in accidents or breakdowns.  The simplest way to check your tyres is to take a good look at the outside of the tyres. If you can see cracking, fading or uneven patches, it might be time for a new tyre.  The next thing to check is the tread depth. The tread is the grooved pattern on the tyre which helps to grip the road.  The tyre tread should be at least 1.6mm in the UK, which is the same as the edge of a pound coin.

Many tyres have tread depth indicators on them which help show you when it is time to replace your tyres.  Some shops allow you to buy part worn tyres, which might seem like a cheaper option but in the long run may end up being a false economy.  It is always better to buy the best tyres you can afford, and to suit the style of driving you do.