Tyre pres­sure and tread depth gauges

Which is best for keep­ing your tyres in good or­der?

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Which should you go for? Our ex­perts put eight to the test

Dave Pol­lard

IT pays to look af­ter your tyres. Low pres­sures cost you more in fuel and lead to poor han­dling and brak­ing, while a low tread depth will cause a loss of grip, es­pe­cially in ad­verse con­di­tions.

Check­ing how the tread is wear­ing will keep you on the right side of the law and can high­light prob­lems with the car’s steer­ing or sus­pen­sion. A tyre must have more than 1.6mm of tread depth across the mid­dle 75 per cent of its width; any­thing less is il­le­gal.

One of the best ways to keep an eye on your tyres is a com­bi­na­tion gauge or a kit that con­tains tread and depth gauges. We test eight dig­i­tal and ana­logue set-ups to find the best.

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