How to check your tyre depths

A person is checking their tyre pressures with a round pressure gauge to check correct pressure in the tyre
A person is checking their tyre pressures with a round pressure gauge to check correct pressure in the tyre

When checking your tyre depths you must be aware of the legal limits. The minimum legal requirements for your tread depths is 1.6 millimetres, but of course for safety reasons and to avoid a fine for leaving it too late, it is recommended to get them checked way before the legal limit is reached.

Checking your tyre depths may seem rather daunting and complex, especially for those who may not be too familiar with cars or be a first time car owner. But i can gladly say it is so much simpler than most things you can do when it comes to car safety. This simple trick prevents thousands of accidents a year with just a 20p coin. The trick/method is to simply just place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. You may be thinking this is ridiculous and that it is a quick D.I.Y method that will lead to saving an accident further down the line,and if you are unsure it is easy to see why you think that. But the 20p edge is the minimum length of the legal tread depth. So therefore when placing the 20p coin the the groove, if the coins edge is obscured from view due to enough tread depth left you are in the legal limit. But if the centre of the coin is visible, your car is below the legal minimum depth and you must get it changed immediately to avoid accidents and a possible fine by the police if pulled over.

Two side cuts images of tyres with showing the profile you should see when the tyre is correctly inflated
Two side cuts images of tyres with showing the profile you should see when the tyre is correctly inflated

On the whole this quick trick is so simple and can save a lot of panic and hassle, when worrying when you need to check your tread depths. It is completely safe and can save you time,money and a possible accident.