How to Check Your Tread Depth & Tyre Pressure – Video Transcript Below:
How to Check Tread Depth:
Without the correct tread depth or pressure in your tyres, it can be dangerous to drive as your vehicle will have less grip on the road.
That’s why our team at Treadfirst are on hand to help show you how you can check your tyre tread depth and tyre pressures.
Remember, the legal tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6 millimetres, and if you fall below this, you risk a hefty fine or even the loss of your licence.
To check your tyre tread depth you can use a digital tread depth gauge. This device will give you a fast and accurate reading of your tread depth. Make sure to measure the tread nearest the car, in the middle and the outer edge for a thorough assessment.
You may also want to check on other areas of the tyre, as wear can sometimes be uneven.
Another way to check your tread depth is with the 20p test. Simply grab a 20p coin and place it into the grooves of your tyre. If you’re unable to see the rim of the coin, it means the tread is three millimetres deep or more and safe to drive. But, if you can see the rim, your tread is less than three millimetres meaning the tyre will need changing soon.
Do this test on different areas of the tread as the depth can vary.
If you need any help or advice with assessing your tyre tread depth, you can always visit the experts at one of our branches throughout East Anglia.
How to Check Tyre Pressures:
When checking tyre pressure the first thing you need is a gauge that matches the specifications of your vehicle. You can find information on these specifications in your manual.
Next, remove the dust cap from the valve and attach the gauge, making sure it’s firmly in place. You might hear a hissing sound as some of the air escapes but this is normal.
Your gauge will then display a reading which you can compare with the recommended tyre pressure of your vehicle. Your tyre may need inflating or deflating depending on the reading. You can inflate your tyres at most fuel stations, or use an electrical or foot-operated pump at home.