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GEM Motoring Assist offers motorists tips this Tyre Safety Month

Wednesday 05 October 2016, By Autovolo

GEM Motoring Assist offers motorists tips this Tyre Safety Month

GEM Motoring Assist offers motorists tips this Tyre Safety Month

In support of Tyre Safety Month, breakdown recovery provider and road safety advocate GEM Motoring Assist has issued some tips on maintaining tyre safety.

Tyre safety is incredibly important, and taking the time to conduct a number of quick checks could make the difference between a safe or unsafe vehicle.

Neil Worth, GEM road safety officer, said: “Tyre treads are designed to give the best possible grip on wet roads. However, levels of grip generally decrease as a tyre gets older and its tread patterns wear down or as the depth of water decreases.

“We urge driver to take this into consideration and reduce their speed accordingly in wet conditions.”

Because tyre tread designs can be different from one tyre to another, examining tread depth can be seen as tricky. However, this is not necessarily the case.

Worth added: “A car’s tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre, all the way around.

“Few drivers have a tyre gauge to hand, so instead GEM suggests using the 20p test.”

Because the edge band of a 20p coin measures 1.6mm exactly, it can be used as a simple tread depth testing device. If the outer band can still be seen after the coin has been placed in a tyre’s grooves, the tyre will need to be changed.

“It’s not just a good idea to have adequate tyre depth,” said Worth. “It’s the law. Drivers who tyres fail to comply with the minimum tread depth requirements risk a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.”