Safe tyres: Under pressure
Having safe tyres that are in good condition on your vehicle improves handling, remains safer and is a legal requirement. This is why it’s important to regularly inspect your tyres whether your MOT is due or not.
You should inspect your tyres at least once a month. These checks should include air pressure and tread depth. Don’t forget to inspect your spare too!
Driving a vehicle with over or under inflated tyres has a negative impact on handling and grip. Cars with low pressure are more likely to experience rapid deflation and the general tyre condition will deteriorate quicker than it should.
Your tyre pressure should be in line with the car make / model recommendations found in the instruction manual or manufacturer’s website. Ensure to increase the pressure if the vehicle is heavily loaded.
You can also visit TyreSafe.org to check your recommended pressure.
Good tread is important for maintaining good grip on wet roads and reducing breaking distances as much as possible.
In the UK, car and van drivers should have at least 1.6mm of tread on their tyres. This should be consistent across the centre three-quarters and around the entire circumference of the tyre. For motorcycles over 50cc it’s 1mm of tread.
Drivers who fail to comply face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each tyre.
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