Checking your tyre tread

Maintenance checks you can perform on your tyres and when you need to get them changed by a professional.

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Your tyres are the only part of the vehicle that are in contact with and grip the road, so the depth of tread on your tyres is important for the safety of your vehicle.

As the tyre’s tread depth wears, its ability to remove water from the road decreases, meaning that grip levels are reduced and stopping distances are greater.

Each tyre wears differently depending on its position and the type of car you own. Tread depth must be above the legal minimum which, for passenger cars, is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre ¾ of the tread and around the entire circumference.

Check the tread wear regularly or seek professional advice.

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