During your driving lessons, I doubt that you will have thought too much about tyres. It’s easy to understand, you had enough to worry about.

However, now you’ve passed and are a fully-fledged driver, it is important to learn a bit more about tyres. As keeping them well maintained is incredibly important – especially if you want to continue on your journey to becoming a safe driver.

All this week we’ll post articles as part of our tyre guide series. Each section is aimed at helping new drivers make sense of tyre regulations and explains what you should be looking out for when maintaining your tyres.

Part 1: The Legal Side of Things

Tyresafe-1-pressureAs with most things, there are certain legal requirements which must be adhered to – tyres are no different.

Not only do these regulations help to ensure that motorists stay safe on the roads though, they also help to raise awareness.

As well as making sure you’re tyres are appropriate for your vehicle; you will also need to ensure that:

  • the tyres are healthy – no bulges, no lumps, no tears.
  • the tread depth is a minimum of 1.6mm across 75% of the tread – around the entire circumference of the tyre.
  • they are inflated to the correct pressure according to the car’s manual.

Should you fail to abide by those requirements – and if the police discover it – you stand to face £2,500 fine for each tyre.

If that wasn’t bad enough, you’d also gain three penalty points on your licence.

There is also the risk that should you be involved in a car accident due to tyres which do not meet the legal standard, the chances are high that your insurance policy would be invalidated.

I apologise for what might seem like scare tactics, but it is hard to get across the importance of keeping your tyres safe without giving those worse-case-scenario examples!

Luckily, checking your tyres is fairly quick and easy. We’ll look at that tomorrow in part 2 – tyre safety and maintenance.

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