LIFESTYLE: When Did You Last Check Your Tyres

We are constantly being bombarded with health and safety regulations and tips and tricks to lead healthier, happier lives. In our homes, we install alarm systems, window locks, have our boilers regularly checked and at work, we live by stringent rules set in place by our employers. For our cars, we have an MOT, pay off our car debts, and sit happily back behind the wheel and think no more of it. However, it's also incredibly important to make sure that your car tyres are regularly checked to avoid anything detrimental happening to yourself, and inflicting any danger upon other drivers, passengers or pedestrians.

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The Dangers

If your tyres do not meet regulations, you can be charged a hefty fine of upto £10,000 as well as potentially losing your licence.  For a newbie driver, swallowing large amounts of information regarding car safety can be difficult, but being in the know is one sure way of being able to solidify your knowledge before something unfortunate happens. According to the RAC, the legal minimum of tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, and most experts recommend a minimum depth of 3mm for tyre replacement. The dangers of worn out tyres vary. It is possible that stopping distances dramatically reduce, meaning if you break heavily and suddenly, you may not stop as quickly as you would wish to, leading to an impact or hitting a pedestrian or even skidding.

If your tyres are worn out, and the road is wet, or perhaps it is raining, the contact between tyre and the road is lessened, and this means more skidding and you could easily lose grip. With low grip, your car is essentially slipping and sliding on the road, and breaking would not have the desired effect, it could possibly be incredibly dangerous.

The 20p Check

This is such a simple test for your tyres but could prove to be life-saving. Take a spare 20p and place it into the main groves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when inserted, then the tread is above legal limit. If the coin is visible, your tyres may be unsafe, therefore it is best to get your tyres checked immediately and have them replaced, or at least seek advice.

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Car tyre safety is such a vital requirement for any car driver that it's essential to stay on top of it. Even if you are not a driver yourself; telling your family and friends about the dangers and how to perform the check to ensure they are driving with safe tyres. Don't compromise on road safety and get tyres in Sheldon and neighbouring areas from Point S website. Be safe and always remember the dangers. If you are Yorkshire based, click here for more places to get your tyres checked.