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Your tyres are the only contact your vehicle has with the road and they play a vital role in ensuring that your journey is a safe one.
Tyres are the essential point between your vehicle and the ground. If the tread is not deep enough, there will not be enough grip. Your car will loose traction and suffer extended braking times. It will also make it harder to control your vehicle in wet weather and the chance of aquaplaning increases. To ensure your safety, make sure to check the tread depth or your tyres on a regular basis.
Tread is the rubber on your tyres that touches the road. Throughout a tyres lifetime the tread will wear down, which can affect the braking distance and your vehicle control will be impaired.
To help you identify whether a tyre is still safe to drive, here an overview:
Bad, time to replace the tyres
Minimum for summer tyres
Minimum for winter tyres
Tyres wear at a different rate. It's best to have your better tyres at the rear of the vehicle and the less worn at the front. The grip of the rear tyres is crucial to directional stability. If a tyre bursts at the rear, this usually leads to an uncontrolled slide however when losing grip at the front means the vehicle continues to skid in a straight line.
We recommend that front and rear wheels are swapped about every 10,000 kilometres. This allows all four tyres to wear evenly and can then be replaced at the same time.
Tyre tread depth gauge
If you have a tyre tread depth gauge, use it to measure the depth and to make sure the tyre is still safe. In the case, that you do not have a tyre tread depth gauge, you can also use a €1 coin.
Place it in the groove of the tyre and see if the gold border shows above the tread. If it does, the tread is less than 3mm thick. It is time to consider replacing them.
Make sure to check several areas of the tyre, as it might not wear off evenly. This can be a result if misaligned tyres.