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Dangerous tyres

It is estimated that there are 10 million illegal tyres on Britain’s roads in 2015. When was the last time you checked your tyres?


The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm but it has been found that a startling number of road users are putting their own lives in danger as well as passengers and other road users by failing to meet this minimum. Research by TyreSafe – a not-for-profit tyre safety organisation – has unearthed this figure after conducting a survey of 810 tyre retail outlets across England, Scotland and Wales.


Many road users are unaware of the dangers that illegal tyres present. Research by the Department for Transport (DfT) has found dangerous tyres to blame in more than 40% of vehicle related deaths. Unsafe tyres significantly increase vehicle stopping distance and impair handling, especially in wet conditions which are common in the winter months.


You can check your tread depth by using a tread depth gauge or the built-in tread depth indicators provided on your tyres. Another popular (and easy) method is the 20p test. The 20p test is popular and industry recommended and requires you to insert a 20p coin into the lowest tread depth of your tyres. If the outer rim of the coin is visible it is below the legal limit and requires replacing. If the outer rim isn’t visible your tyre tread depth is safe.


Ensuring that your tyres are in excess of the legal minimum tread depth is just the first step in ensuring that your tyres are safe. You also need to check your tyre pressures regularly; ideally when the tyres are cold, before long journeys and when your vehicle is laden with heavy loads. We recommend that you check your tyres at least once a month to ensure that they are correctly inflated. You can find recommended tyre pressures in your vehicle’s operating manual, beneath the fuel cap, inside the door or in the glove compartment of your vehicle.


Once you have tyres that exceed the legal minimum tread depth and are correctly inflated the final step is to check for damage or irregular wear. You should be looking for bulges, tears, cracks or anything else that seems a miss. In addition you will need to look for irregular tyre wear as this may be a sign of a common tyre problem and an underlying issue.


If in doubt, ask! Our team of experts provide free tyre checks year-round including Tyre Safety month in October. We are suppliers of new and quality part-worn tyres for any make or model of vehicle from the best tyre manufacturers including Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestone, Continental and more. We also have stocks of affordable winter tyres to keep you safe when temperatures drop and the roads get wetter. Our prices start from just £10 including fitting and we can assure you that our service is unparalleled.


Don’t buy cheap, buy safe! Our tyre prices are the best around but we also ensure we only ever sell safe, legal tyres. The same can’t be said for our competitors. Head in to your local site in Poole, Dorchester or Rugby today or click here to contact us for a quote.