Tyre depths – the law

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 11:29 am

Tyres play a vital role in the safety of your car. There are strict laws about the tread depth and conditions of your tyres and if you do not adhere to them you can expect to get 3 points on your licence per tyres.

The legal limit for tyre depths in the UK is 1.6 mm across the centre three quarters of the tyre’s entire circumference. Most new tyres are sold with 8mm worth of tread depth on them and part worns can be sold with as little as 2mm of tread left.

If you can see the bars your tyres are about to become illegal and unsafe. For optimum safety, most manufacturers recommend that your tyres are changed at 3mm meaning that part-worns can sometimes but below this when your purchase them.

Tyres range in price significantly dependant on size and make, but your garage should be able to advise you which is right for the amount of driving you do and your driving style.

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