It's a great time of the year with Christmas parties, presents and New Year coming up but amongst all the excitement, I bet there's one thing you've forgotten about. I'm not talking about that person you've haven't bought a present for or the decorations that you've been meaning to get down from the attic. I'm actually talking about checking your tyres.
The weather is windy and rainy, there're leaves all over the roads and soon to be ice - aka an absolute nightmare for driving. Something we all probably ignore is the condition our tyres are in and the ways it can affect us when we're on the roads.
I'm hoping to spread awareness about the importance of checking your car tyres during this horrible weather and the precautions that need to be considered. It's not nice to think about what could happen as a result of worn out tyres but unfortunately it's things like this we need to know about!
What damage can it cause?
On rainy or snowy days, it's the grooves in your tyres that divert water away and improve traction so it can maintain contact/grip with the road and allow your car to accelerate, break and steer properly.
Without a decent tread, you risk the chance of hydro-planing (where your tyres lose contact with the road and instead travel on the water's surface meaning you have no control), struggling to stop your car or even completely losing control. And it's not just wet roads that are the problem, bald tyres are easy to puncture which means even on the driest of roads, there are still dangers!
Make note that drivers who's tyres don't mean the minimum tread depth requirements risk a fine of up to £2500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre. Just some more food for thought...
How do you know when your tyres have worn?
I've done some digging and according to Tyre Safe, "the legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of breadth of the tread and around its entire outer circumference." So basically you'll know when your tyres are bald when they have worn down to 1.6mm, you just have to look at the tread indicator on your wheel for this.
A simple way to check the depth of your tyre tread is the complete the 20p test - you can tell how easy it is just by the name! Just place a 20p coin into the grooves of your tyre and if you can see the outer band then your tyres are probably illegal. Just make sure you check it in at least three places around the wheel.
Judging by the picture above, you can tell I am definitely in need of new tyres so if you're like me then you can book your car tyres on the Point S website!
Also shout out to my horrendously scratched car and missing hubcap centres!