What is the legal tyre wear limit?

The legal limit of 1.6mm is reached when the tyre is worn to the level of the tread wear indicators in the main groove — as soon as this happens, the tyre should be replaced.

What is legal TYRE tread depth?

The law requires car tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. To help you judge how much tread you have on your car tyres, manufacturers often mould tread bars at roughly 1.6mm.

How do you check the legal limit on a tyre?

Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If you can’t see the raised edge around the coin, your tyre’s tread is likely greater than 1.6mm and, therefore, legal. If, on the other hand, the outer band is visible when inserted, your tyre could be unsafe and require professional inspection.

What is the legal TYRE tread depth in Australia?

So what is the legally allowable minimum tyre tread depth in Australia? 1.5mm. Anything lower than 1.5mm of tyre tread depth and your car is classified as ‘unroadworthy’ by the relevant state authority.

How many miles will 1 mm of tread last?

Banned. As a rough guide, a millimeter (1mm) of tyre tread lasts from approximately 1,000 – 4,000 miles dependent upon driving style, road and weather conditions and tyre rubber compound.

How quickly do tyres wear?

The typical lifespan of a quality tyre is between three and five years. However, there are many factors that can cause rapid tyre wear, such as: Incorrect tyre pressure. Having over or under inflated tyres can cause uneven tyre tread.

How many mm tread on a new tire?

New tires have an average tread depth of 8 to 9 millimeters (10/32 to 11/32 inches). As you drive, the tread will wear down. A tire with a tread depth below 1.6 millimeters (2/32 inches) lacks grip.

Is a 10 year old tyre an MOT failure?

Tyres that are aged 10 years and older will become a failure item at annual test. If these tyres do not display a date code, they will also fail. As part of the annual test, our Vehicle Standards Assessors (VSAs) will check that each tyre displays a date of manufacture or re-treading.

What’s the legal limit for a Kwik Fit tyre?

At 1.6 millimetres in wet weather it takes an extra two car lengths (8 metres) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres. A regular check of your tyres can help you to avoid 3 penalty points and £2,500 in fines for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit on your vehicle.

What are the requirements for a legal tyre?

Other legal tyre requirements. Because they play such a vital role, there are 2 specific requirements for legal tyres. 1. Tyres must be fit for purpose and be free from any defects which might damage the road or endanger any person. To be ‘fit for purpose’, tyres must not have: Any lumps, bumps or bulges, as these can mean structural damage.

Is it legal to wear the outside edge of a tyre?

Tyre safety is a matter of life and death. Tyre wear on outside edge – is it legal? The legal minimum tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm, which must be in a continuous band around the middle three quarters of each tyre, leaving some allowance for the very edges.

What’s the legal depth of the tread on a tyre?

The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.