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Tyre checks needed in the wet

4 July 2012

Story from Fleet News

RoadSafe partner TyreSafe says the need for adequate tyre tread in the current wet weather conditions is now more important than ever.

A simple way to check is to test by inserting a 20p piece into the main grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the coin is visible, then the tyre tread may not have sufficient depth and should be inspected by a qualified specialist.

Adequate tread depth is essential for good grip on wet roads as the tread pattern helps to remove water from the road surface. Drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning.

When checking the tread, TyreSafe advises that drivers should also give their tyres a visual inspection for any cuts, lumps or bulges, while also making sure the air pressure is correct.

Current UK law requires car drivers to have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference.

Drivers who fail to comply with the regulations face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

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