TYRES ARE YOURS SAFE?
Tyre safety especially in winter needs to be taken seriously. New data just released shows 32 fatal road crashes in the past three years were linked to worn tyres.
It can be a hard conversation for us advising customers that they need to replace tyres. The tread level to legally pass a warrant of fitness is 1.5m. Advise for safety our recommendation is to get new tyres immediately and with urgency when its winter/wet season. But sometimes this is meet with deaf ears (great I passed my wof).
The rule of thumb should be as follows:
0-2mm Immediate action required
2-4mm Replace soon
4-13mm Good condition
Most of the time now days we only see a vehicle annually for its warrant of fitness/annual service or some sort of breakdown and in this time a lot of kilometres can be travelled with wear n tear on the tyres.
So we need to make you aware of how much of your tyre is in contact with the road in 1mm of water. Please review the image above to give you an idea. So lots of factors – tyre tread, speed and weather conditions. Also 1.5mm of tread takes twice the stopping distance of a new tyre in the wet.
We only want to keep you and your family safe on the road. So please take the advice of your mechanic when they recommend new tyres, its not a sales pitch but a safety issue!