When you think about it, tyres are among the most important features of your car – since they are the only contact between the vehicle and the road.
The grooves in a tyre are vital for wet weather performance as they help channel water away and enable your vehicle to move better around corners and brake more safely. The legal minimum tread depth for your tyres in the UK is 1.6mm across three quarters of the tyre’s width.
Most manufacturers will recommend that you change your tyres when they are worn down to 3mm. A tyre with 1.6mm can take nearly 50% further in distance to stop a car in the wet compared to a new tyre with 8mm of tread depth.
If the potential safety hazards aren’t convincing enough, perhaps the law will be! Driving with tyres below the 1.6mm limit will not only fail your MOT but is also illegal and will cost you a fine and three points on your licence per offending tyre.
Safe driving from Britannia!