Do you know the penalty of having defective tyres?

Did you know the penalty involved for having defective tyres within the UK? Well here at Hockey Group Automotive we have given you some useful information below.


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Checking your legal tyre tread depth is one of the most important checks you can make on your car. By having worn tyres means the only contact patch between you and the road is past its best and if the safety risks don’t hit how about the risk of a £2,500 fine and three points on your licence.


What is the legal tyre tread depth?

The legal tyre tread depth for cars in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre, according to law. The tyre must meet this minimum requirement across its complete circumference.


How to check tyre tread depth – 20p test

If you’re unsure of the legal tyre tread depth and would like to know how to quickly and easily check to ensure your tyres are road legal. The 20p test is simple, quick and an easy way of checking the thread depth.

Take a 20p coin and insert it into the tread grooves on the tyre. If you can’t see the outer band on the coin, your tyres are above the legal limit.

However, if you can see the band and that section of the coin is still visible your tyres could be unsafe and require professional inspection by a mechanic.


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It is suggested drives conduct the test around every two weeks and before long journeys.

How to check your tyres with a tyre tread depth gauge

These are purpose made tools that quickly measure the depth of an individual tyre groove.

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