To avoid road accidents, it’s vital that you check your tyres regularly. When the tyres on a vehicle become worn, grip is reduced and stopping distances increase; if wear becomes excessive and your tread depth doesn’t meet legal requirements, you risk the safety of yourself and others. What’s more, you could be faced with hefty fines of up to £2,500 (per tyre) and receive 3 penalty points on your license.
It is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached.
In the UK, the legal limit for your tyre tread depth is 1.6 millimetres across the central 3-quarters of the tread. The tread must meet this legal requirement around the complete circumference of the tyre.
To carry out a simple tyre check, you just need a 20 pence piece and a few spare minutes. It is recommended that you do the 20p test on your vehicle every couple of weeks, and especially before long journeys.
To check your tyres, follow the instructions below:
If you’re unsure about your tread depth or the condition of your tyres, contact your nearest Toyota dealer. They will happily offer advice and assistance, and can also provide you with new tyres, should you need them.