Tyre Talk column: 20p could save you £4,000 and your life

January is traditionally a treacherous month for driving but Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct, offers a handy tip to check the safety of your tyres.

January is always one of the coldest months of the year so it’s important to prepare for slippery road conditions by checking the tread on your tyres.

The maximum fine you could incur for an illegal tyre is £1,000, so imagine if you are caught with four of them – it could set you back a whopping £4,000.

It’s also 3 penalty points on your driving licence per tyre, which could see you losing your licence.

But the biggest risk of all is to your life as bald tyres are extremely dangerous, especially at this time of year.

However, by simply using a 20p coin you can make sure your tyres are safe and legal.

Firstly, make sure you have parked your car on level ground with the handbrake on.

Get a 20p coin and stand it flat in one of the grooves of the tread. If you can see the outer edge of the coin then your tyres may be illegal.

This test should be performed on all parts of the tread, on all tyres.

At Tyres Direct we have the proper equipment and gauges to accurately measure tyre tread but the 20p coin test certainly gives a good indication of whether your tyres are safe.

This column was published in the January 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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