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Wet Roads: The Legal Tread Depth on Tyres - A1 Tyre Services
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Legal Tread Depth

In the city of Hull, the health of your vehicle’s tyres takes on a whole new level of significance, particularly during this spell of rainy weather we’ve been experiencing. A1 Tyres in Hull is not just about providing top-quality tyres; we also want to ensure you are informed about the critical role your tyres play in your safety and that of other road users. Especially the Legal Tread Depth!

With the wet weather comes the increased risk of hydroplaning, where your vehicle’s tyres lose contact with the road surface and ride on top of the water instead. This results in the loss of steering control, making your vehicle prone to accidents. One key factor that affects your vehicle’s likelihood of hydroplaning is the condition of your tyres, specifically, the tread depth.

The legal minimum tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6 millimetres across the central three-quarters of the tyre. Anything less than this, and you’re not only risking a hefty fine and points on your license, but you’re also gambling with your safety. With shallower tread depth, your tyres cannot disperse water as effectively, leading to less grip, longer stopping distances and an increased chance of hydroplaning.

Legal Tread Depth

Ensuring your tyres have a legal tread depth is of utmost importance. However, at A1 Tyres, we advocate for even more vigilance. Various motoring organizations recommend that tyres be replaced when the tread depth reaches 3mm, particularly during wet weather, to maintain optimum braking performance and road grip.

But how can you tell if your tyre tread depth is sufficient?

Legal Tread Depth

One simple method is the 20p test. Insert a 20p coin into the tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is hidden when inserted, then your tread depth is above the legal limit. If you can see the outer band of the 20p coin, then your tyres could be below the legal limit and should be checked immediately by a professional.

As a leading tyre specialist in Hull, A1 Tyres is committed to keeping our community safe on the road. We provide a comprehensive range of tyre services, including free, no-obligation checks on your tyres’ tread depth, ensuring they are safe and legal. If your tyres are worn or damaged, our experienced team can advise on the best replacements, considering your vehicle, driving habits, and budget.

Remember, it’s not just about avoiding fines and penalties. Ensuring your tyres have the legal tread depth means you are protecting yourself, your passengers, and other road users from unnecessary risks. During this wet season, don’t take chances. Be sure your tyres are up to the task.

Make A1 Tyres your first choice for tyre safety checks in Hull. We are here to help you stay safe and legal on the road, rain or shine.

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