How do I check that my tyres are safe?
Start by looking for cracks, cuts or bulges in the tyre. Arrange to replace the tyres if you notice any of these or speak to a reputable dealer or garage. Next up, check the tread depth. Legally, your tyres should have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm around 75% of the wheel’s circumference.
You can test this by placing a 20 pence coin into the lowest tread depth of your tyre. If you cannot see the rim of the coin, this indicates the tyre is above 3mm, which is generally regarded as safest. Ask a mechanic if you’re not sure.
Finally, try to check tyre pressures at least once a month. Regular checks can avoid 3 penalty points and up to £2,500 in fines, so it’s best to stay safe.