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It’s easy to take tyres for granted but they take a pound­ing with hard driv­ing, bump­ing pot­holes and kerbs. When check­ing tyre pres­sures – at least once a fort­night and be­fore long jour­neys, not for­get­ting the spare if you have one - check the tread depth and gen­eral con­di­tion, look­ing out for any cuts, lumps and bulges.

The law re­quires a min­i­mum tread depth of 1.6mm across the cen­tral three-quar­ters of the breadth of the tread and around the en­tire cir­cum­fer­ence. In win­ter you might want to change tyres early, as re­search has shown tyre per­for­mance is sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced be­low 3mm of tread depth.

Tyre­Safe, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness about the im­por­tance of cor­rect tyre main­te­nance and the dan­gers of de­fec­tive and worn tyres, has this sim­ple 20p test. In­sert a 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at sev­eral places around the cir­cum­fer­ence of the tyre and across its width. If the outer band of the 20p is vis­i­ble, your tread depth may be il­le­gal and you should have them checked by a qual­i­fied tyre spe­cial­ist.

As well as the road safety is­sue, it could save you a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each il­le­gal tyre.

Try the Tyre­Safe 20p coin test on your tyre treads

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