It’s that time of year again – Autumn is in full swing which means there is surely plenty of wet weather ahead. Considering the wet Summer we have already endured, now is the perfect time to check that your tyres are ready for the rain.
Driving with unsafe tyres is dangerous, as reducing the tread depth of your tyres will increase your stopping time. But it is also illegal, and can prove very costly, bringing fines of up to £2,500 per tyre and points taken from your license. Why risk this when most checks are simple, take a matter of minutes and can be performed at home?
Tyre Tread – Once your tyres are worn below the legal limit (1.6mm) they must be replaced. Be sure to take your car to your local garage if you have any concerns. Wet braking is perhaps the biggest concern when it comes to worn tyres. Without a deep enough tread, your tyres will not be able to disperse water, making them dangerous in wet weather. Deep tread will improve grip – in fact the RAC have said there can be a difference in braking distance of up to 44% between tyres with 3mm tread and tyres with 1.6mm
Tyre Pressure – Tyres will lose air pressure in warmer weather, so a pressure test just after summer is a good idea. Too much or too little air in your tyres can affect your fuel efficiency and braking distance. Be sure to check your car’s hand book for the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle. If there seems to be a quick loss of pressure, take your car to your mechanic to check for a puncture.
If you are unsure of anything, or have any concerns, be sure to visit your local garage for advice.