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Your tyres provide the grip that keeps your car on the road. They are one of the most integral parts of safety, your tyre tread is what moves water away from the rubber and gives you good grip in winter.

It’s not just us who think so, the government requires your tyres to have at least 1.5mm of tread.

How Do I Check My Tyre Tread Depth?

Don’t go shoving a ruler into your wheel well and digging around. If you’re in a pinch, or just wondering, you can get a $0.20 cent coin. Turn the coin to the side with the “20” number and slip it into one of the grooves. If you can see all of the “20” then you need new tyres and your current tread may be unsafe.

What Happens If My Tread Is Too Low?

In the dry you probably won’t notice anything too different, your tread only comes into effect when there is water on the road. It works by the tyre’s rubber forcing water to the side as it rolls over it. The grooves that the tread supplies give the water somewhere to go. This means that the water is diverted away from your point of contact and your car still has some form of grip in the wet.

When the tread becomes worn down, this can lead to poor diversion and therefore, worse grip. When braking and cornering in the wet, grip is your best friend.

What If I Need New Tyres?

Don’t worry we’ve still got you covered, check out our tyre services here.

If You’re a Keen Learner and Would Like to Keep Learning, Check Out More of Our “How To” Guide here.