We may be in the height of summer but that doesn’t mean the rain has disappeared. With monsoon style weather conditions, your tyres are truly put through their paces. Read on to find out from Tyre Safe how to ensure your tyres are safe on the roads:
2013 saw the wettest winter in the UK since records began, so we may as well use this summer to prepare ourselves for what’s coming and what to expect from your tyres. The tread grooves aren’t there just to look pretty, they also help to evacuate the water from the contact patch between your tyre and the road surface. During wet conditions, tyres can typically clear enough water from the road to fill a bucket in around 7 seconds with good tread depth. It is essential during wet weather that you have adequate tread depth; otherwise you risk the ability to brake, accelerate or corner properly and the increased risk of aquaplaning.
Check out this aquaplaning demonstration if you don’t believe us!
So what can you do?
To reduce your chances of aquaplaning after a downpour, simply check your tyre’s tread depth on a regular basis and replace your tyres when they are becoming worn.
If you are unsure what your current tread depth is, just take a 20p coin and place into the main grooves of your tyre. If you can see the outer band of the 20p when placed in the tyre, this means your tyres are at a dangerous level and may be illegal. Take them to a tyre professional for inspection if at an unsafe level or if you are unsure.
Remember the legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm and driving on tyres below the limit could see you receiving a hefty fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each tyre. Good job you now know about the 20p test!
For more info visit – http://www.tyresafe.org/campaigns/tyre-safety-month-2014/2014-campaign