Tyre Tread Depth

Whenever you buy a new set of tyres, you will inevitably notice that the treads are uniform, deep-set, and clunky. The older the tyre gets; the more worn-out the treads become. You must know that in the UK, there are specific laws in place which ensures that the tyre treads adhere to particular standards.

At Matmore Motor Parts in Spalding, we store a vast inventory of tyres from every major brand. We do realise that buying new car tyres can be an expensive endeavour. Re-treading tyres is one option which many users resort to. However, you should know that this is a process which is hardly trustworthy.

A formal guide to tyre treads

In the UK, the minimum tyre tread permissible under existing laws is 1.6mm. However, we do notice that most drivers and car owners exercise caution when it comes to eroding treads: they try and change their car’s tyres when the tread depth reaches 3mm.

It is a wise decision and one which we back. However, it is hardly necessary to bring your car to your nearest service centre to get the tread depths checked. We have an alternative which you will find right up your alley.

A DIY method to measure tread depth

There is a very easy way you can measure the tread depth by yourself. Simply take a 20p coin and insert it into the tyre’s tread. Do you see the tip of the coin sticking out? If you do, it may be time to change the tyres. If the coin is entirely inside the treads, they are well within the legally permissible limits.

What happens if I do not maintain ideal tyre tread depth?

It is a question which many car owners ask themselves. Here are some pointers:

  • If the tread depth is not enough, you may earn up to 3 penalty points and upwards of £2,500 in fines too.
  • When your treads are too worn out, the braking distance increases exponentially, leaving you vulnerable to accidents, as your car will not stop in the nick of time.
  • Particularly in wet and sleety weather, the tread depth must remain within legal limits. Else, it is a recipe for disaster.

How can Matmore Motor Parts help?

Thanks to the expertise that Matmore Motor Parts at Spalding has built up over these years, we can give quality advice on when to change the tyres depending on their tread depth. Visit us for a more personalised look-up, or check our website for more details.