Tyre Tread Depth

When it comes to tyre safety, your tyre tread depth is amongst the most important considerations. The treads on your tyre help to provide the tyre with traction to the road surface and is a vital indicator of the health of your car tyre.
When it comes to the tyres on your car, they should have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. Anything less is illegal for use on a public road and can be very dangerous.

How to Check Your Tyre’s Tread Wear

So to stay safe on the road it’s important to regularly check the tread wear of your tyres. And the good news is that it’s easy to do with our helpful new free tyre checker:

  • Call to your local BestDrive branch and pick up a free tyre wear indicator (shown below).
  • Ensure that you have safe and adequate access to your tyres and have the ability to check the centre of the tyre.
  • Insert the gauge into the tyre tread groove with the coloured scale touching the tyre.
  • If the red is visible the tyre tread is below 1.6mm. This means the tyre is 100% worn and should be replaced urgently.
  • If the orange is visible, the tyre tread is 3mm which is the recommended minimum.
  • If the green is visible, the tyre tread is above is 5mm and is safe to drive.

If you are at all unsure of your tyre condition, you can book a free tyre safety check at BestDrive by Continental today.