Are you driving on illegal tyres?

Let us check your tyre safety

In 2011, nearly 10,000 drivers were convicted of driving on dangerous or defective tyres, while illegal tyres are responsible for one in three of all accidents. But would you know if your tyres were legal?

Call into our centre and we’ll check your tyres before the Police do. Our free tyre check is carried out in minutes by our fully trained tyre experts who will advise you how to stay tyre safe and legal.

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Is it worth it?

If you’re driving on illegal tyres, there are three key reasons why you should stop and take our tyre test.

  • Reason 01

    One worn or defective tyre could cost you £2,500**

  • Reason02

    Worn tyres add two car lengths to your stopping distance at 50mph in the wet*

  • Reason03

    Each tyre with a tread depth less than 1.6mm could add three penalty points to your licence for each illegal tyre**

  • Your all-round
    guide to tyre safety

  • Minimum legal tread depth for a car or 4x4 is 1.6mm across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tread in a continuous band around the full circumference of the tyre (we recommend 3mm).

  • Check your tyres regularly (including the spare) for signs of wear, cuts in the tread or sidewall and bulges and stones trapped in the tread grooves. wear, cuts in the tread or sidewall and bulges and stones trapped in the tread grooves.

  • Maintain your tyres at the correct pressure. Under-inflation can cause rapid and uneven tread wear, can adversely affect handling and braking, and increase fuel consumption.

  • If your front tyres show signs of uneven wear, check your steering alignment.

What to look for

  • Causes wear on the outer edges of the tyre
  • Causes increased wear on the centre of the tyre
  • Causes uneven wear on one side of the tyre
  • Causes sloping wear on the outer edge
  • Tread pattern is even and consistent across the full width
  • Legal tread depth - must have 1.6mm tread depth
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Don't forget the spare tyre

Even unused tyres such as your spare will deteriorate over time so it’s best to get these checked too. Just call in and we can do it for you.

Expert advice

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Tyre markings

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* Tests carried out by the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) involving four different vehicles travelling on wet roads on four different tread depths. At 50mph on 3mm tread depth stopping distance = 31.7 metres. On 1.6 mm tread depth stopping distance was increased 39.5 metres. As defined by Reg. 27 of the Road Vehicle Regulations 1986.

** The penalties for having illegal tyres are currently a fine of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points per tyre. This relates to the law as defined in Regulation 27 of the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.

Source: Tests were carried out by independent experts, the Motor Industry Association on four different vehicles - a mid-ranged family hatchback, an MPV, an exclusive saloon and a high performance saloon car. Depth of water controlled to 0.5mm to 1.5mm on an asphalt road surface. Maximum braking force applied at a speed of 50mph. Types were tested at 4 different tread depths: 8mm (new), 3mm and 1.6mm to provide results shown.