The Tyre Industry Council have devised a five point tyre check:
The minimum legal tread depth required on a tyre
Tyres are one of most important features of any car as they are the point of contact with the road surface. If you neglect the condition of the tyres on your car, you run the risk of endangering your life, the lives of your passengers and the lives of other road users.
At Brake and Clutch Depot, Tyre and Exhaust Centre, we highly recommend to our customers that they check the condition of their tyres on a monthly basis. This will give you the peace of mind that your car is roadworthy and is safe to drive.
When you are driving on worn or dangerously deflated tyres, there is a high risk that you will not be covered by your insurance policy. Driving with worn tyres will have a significant impact on the overall performance of your car. The following areas will be affected while driving: braking, steering, and acceleration.
How do I keep my tyres safe?
Did you know that your tyres may be under-inflated without appearing to be flat? At Brake and Clutch Depot, we recommend our customers check the pressure of their tyres every fortnight. In your vehicle’s handbook will be a guideline stating the correct pressure to set your tyres at.
We advise customers that they should only inspect the pressure of their tyres when the tyres are cold. A good guideline is to leave your tyres for approximately an hour so that they cool down before you inspect the pressure. If you drive on overinflated or under-inflated tyres, you run a high chance of impeding the handling of your vehicle. Another negative side effect of incorrectly inflated tyres is that there is a high chance of increase tyre wear and irregular wear pattern on your tyres.
Legal guidelines state that the minimum legal tread depth on tyres is 1.6 millimetres. There are several raised humps located in different places around the tread pattern base on your tyre which will indicate the minimum wear level.
Research suggests that you should change the tyres on your vehicle when the tread depth is below 3 millimetres. As the tyres tread depth gets reduced on your car below 3 millimetres, the road performance and braking performance will drastically reduce.