Derbyshire Police - Check Tyres

Yesterday, on M1 North Tibshelf, the driver of this Audi lost control in the rain, crashing into a van and ending up in a verge.

Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit discovered shortly after, that the driver had no licence or insurance and the Audi had a completely bald tyre.

Aside from the obvious need for a licence and insurance, we want to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of checking your tyre tread depth.

It’s a legal requirement that each of your tyres has a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. Driving without the legally required amount of tread can adversely affect your grip, braking distance and steering. If you’re stopped by the police and found with illegal tyres, you could receive a £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points per tyre.

How to check your tyre tread:

• All vehicle tyres are legally required to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.

• One of the easiest ways to check your tyre tread depth is to place a 20p coin into the main grooves of the tyre tread.

• If you cannot see the raised outer rim of the coin (with the words “TWENTY PENCE” engraved), then the tyre has sufficient tread depth.

• Please make sure that you check in at least three different places on each tyre, as one part may be more worn than another.

• It is also a good idea to look around each of the tyres and make sure that they do not have any cuts, tears, bulges or other damage to the tyre walls.