Tyre Safety Month – Check your Tread Depth!
Campaign materials are now available for October’s tyre safety month, which focuses on tread depth and will encourage drivers to check and replace any illegal tyres on their vehicle.
The campaign is organised by TyreSafe, a non commercial organisation responsible for raising awareness of the dangers of defective and worn tyres and is backed by RoadSafe. It uses the theme of a ‘life saver in your pocket’ and gives motorists advice on how to check to see if their tyres may be illegal, simply by using a 20p coin.
Tyres are the only part of the vehicle which are in contact with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on a relatively small area of road contact. It is therefore of paramount importance that tyres are well maintained and that their tyre tread depth is above the legal limit to maximise performance and safety. By law, car tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread in a continuous band throughout the central three-quarters of the tread width and round the entire circumference of the tyre.
The driver of the vehicle is responsible for making sure their tyres are legal and in a roadworthy condition. The penalty for driving with an illegal tyre is a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre. This could cost your licence, or worse still a life.
To check your tread, simply insert a 20p coin into your tyre’s tread grooves. If you are able to see the inside rim of the coin, the tyre tread may be worn close to the legal limit.