Tyre Tread Depth

If you’re a keen observer, you may have noticed that the patterns on most tyres are different from one another. Some of them are vertical, some horizontal, and few others are arrow-shaped, and so on.

The reason they look different is that they have different functions, which we will talk about later. The grooves make these patterns on the tyre, and they are more important than you might have thought.

The indentation made by these grooves is known as tyre tread. Just how important is it? Let’s find out.

You wouldn’t be blamed if you failed to see what the fuss is all about! They are just some patterns on the tyre. In fact, there may be a considerable number of people who think that the treads are only there for a decorative purpose- something car manufacturers put in because it looks cool!

They couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Why should you care about your car’s tyre treads?

Tyre treads are vital for any tyre to perform to their full capacity. They improve grip, dissipate heat (and water in rainy season), and even enhance the handling of your car. All those in addition to making the car look uber-cool.

And you thought they weren’t important!

Tyre treads are also an indicator of the age and condition of the tyre. Generally, the treads are 8 mm in depth at the time of the tyre’s manufacture. But as you use your car, they begin to wear slowly but surely.

Even the least observant person can tell that the tread depth on a three-year-old tyre is considerably shallower than the ones on a new tyre. Beware! If they are any shallower than 1.6 mm, you may be fined, handed penalty points by the British authorities or worst of all, meet with an unfortunate accident.

Tyre tread measurement at ADD Tyres and Exhausts

Now, if you don’t want any of the above things to happen to you, make sure that you do tread depth measurement on a periodic basis. The legal limit is 1.6 mm, but we recommend a minimum tread depth of 3 mm for your own safety. You can do a basic check with a 20p coin.

For a more professional approach, visit ADD Tyres and Exhausts today!