Tyre Safety

As the point of contact with the road you rely on your tyres to perform a number of key roles, from making sure your car can stay on the road to giving you an indication of the car’s overall health. For them to perform these hugely important tasks you need to be sure that they are in good health and safe for road use- doing so will also ensure that you are safe for driving all year round.

A study conducted by TyreSafe* revealed Britain’s motorists could be spending up to £600 million on unnecessary fuel bills. Research** suggests as many as 57% of car and van tyres on the roads are being driven below recommended inflation pressures, increasing vehicles’ fuel consumption and the risk of being involved in an incident.

While the need to carry out regular tyre checks may seem obvious an alarming number of Britain’s motorists are replacing their tyres only when they have already become illegal and dangerous. If they carried out tyre checks, this avoidable safety issue could be rectified.

* TyreSafe study using Department for Transport data 2016; Michelin’s Fill Up With Air data (compiled over the past eight years);
The Society of Manufacturers and Traders; and fuel at an average cost of £1.21 per litre
** Michelin’s Fill Up With Air data (compiled over the past eight years)

Tread pattern wear

Wear on your car’s tyre tread patterns can tell you a lot about the health of your car’s suspension components and the alignment of your wheels, but excessive wear at any point on a tyre is reason to have a tyre replaced immediately.

Tyres are designed to wear evenly and excessive wear on a specific area of the tyre can be indicative of an issue with a car’s alignment or core components that left unchecked could wear through the tyre’s tread and in all likeliness do the same for a replacement tyre if fitted too, so it is advisable to carry out any necessary work when replacing the affected tyre to prevent the issue from happening again.

Under UK law the legal minimal tread depth for a road vehicle is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of a tyre. As this is a legal requirement, failure to meet this requirement constitutes an MOT failure.