The handling and braking efficiency of your vehicle mostly depends upon the tyres. Accidents and mishaps can be avoided by performing a monthly check up on your vehicle to improve its safety and handling.
Brian Kirkland informs us that these checks are for two reasons. First, for safety, and the second is that it is a legal requirement for your vehicle to be safe on the road. There are two types of tyre checks done at any vehicle service centre.
The first check is to measure the tread depth of your tyre. You just have to hold the edge of a 20 pence piece in the bottom of the tyre tread groove and against the groove side wall. If the inner band of the coin is visible then you need to take a se-cond opinion and it is probably the time to renew your tyres.
The second check is to test your tyre pressure. Every tyre safety centre is equipped with pressure gauges to check the pressure of your tyres. While many petrol stations and garages also have pressure gauges, they may be out of calibration and commonly show incorrect pressure read-ings.
The best way to check your tyre pressure is to do it yourself. You can buy a low cost digital tyre pressure gauge at supermarkets or motor accessory shops like Halford’s. The recommended pressure for your tyres will be found either in your vehicle book or on a label stuck on the drivers’ door post.
Under UK law the tread depth on vehicles should be at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre tread. If it is not, one can be fined up to 2500 pounds and 3 penalty points for every tyre that fails the test. You must always stay safe and legal as far as tyres are concerned.