How to check if your tyres are legal – EAC Telford, Shropshire’s leading Independent Tyre Centre
24th March 2014
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The penalty for faulty tyres can be severe: a £2,500 fine and three penalty points on your licence so it’s worth a regular check on your tyres to ensure that the tread level is within legal limits.

Whether you are a careful driver or not, your tyres will eventually need replacing, so here’s what you need to look for to decide if it’s time to get new tyres on your vehicle.

  1. Tyre Tread. It should never be below 1.6mm across the central area (75%) of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. Obviously, you shouldn’t allow your tyre tread to reach this level – it may be the legal limit but you’ll drive more safely if you don’t allow your tyres to drop below 3mm.
  2. The easiest way to check if you haven’t got a proper tyre gauge is with a 20p piece. Simply insert a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your vehicle’s tyres. If the outer rim of the coin is covered by the tread, this indicates sufficient tread depth to be safe and legal. If the outer rim of the coin is visible, or if you are not sure, best to call in and let us check them for you.
  3. Alternatively, look at the tread wear indicators moulded into the base of the main grooves of each tyre. When the tread surface of the tyre is worn to the same level as these indicators, the tyre is at the legal limit and should be replaced.

And of course, if you have any doubts, pop into your friendly local tyre dealer (that’s us!) and we’ll be happy to advise you about the state of your tyres and the best options if you need replacements.

Drive safe – drive happy with EAC Telford.

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