Tyre pressures and tread depths: your safety check guide

Tyres are one of the those things motorists often take for granted – that is, until something goes wrong. The majority of the time, tyres only attract drivers’ attention when it is coming up to MoT time, as there is a minimum legal requirement for tread depth. Aside from that, most tyres will only be given the time of day when they are flat or obviously damaged, but as a good driver you should be paying a little more attention to these vital bands of rubber. Your tyre pressures, tread depth and general condition should be checked on a regular basis.

One reason why checking your tyres is a sensible thing to do is that neglected tyres cost money. If tyre pressures aren’t kept to the correct levels, it not only increases fuel consumption, but also increases wear on various components. The reason being, a flat or underinflated tyre has more resistance to rotating due to the higher surface area of rubber being in contact with the road. This explains why cars with flat tyres pull to one side.


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