The Hazards of Worn Car Tyres

We travel in our car every day so it’s really important to me that it is safe, especially for the children. One of the things that I check regularly is the tyres.

Worn tyres can be really dangerous. If a tyre loses its tread while you are driving along it could cause it to blow out. The danger of this is worse if travelling on a motorway. This could of course result in losing control of the car and causing an accident. A blow out can also be caused by the failure of the sidewalls of the tyres – a problem in worn tyres.

Worn tyres can also affect the handling and braking of the car. Again, this could be really dangerous and has the potential to cause a serious accident.

The legal minimum tyre tread depth for cars in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm, across the central three-quarters of the tyre. The tread must meet this minimum requirement across its complete circumference. However, many experts believe that 1.6mm tread depth is insufficient and recommend a minimum of 3mm.

You can easily check your tyre thread depth using a 20p coin. If you can see the rim of the 20p coin over the tread then your tyres need changing.

It’s highly recommended that you go for new tyres over part worn. If you don’t know where you can get new tyres you can book your car tyres easily at Point S.

I hope that you’ll go and check your car tyres now. It will only take a few minutes and could prevent a really nasty accident.

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