It’s vital to check your tyres regularly this time of year. Snow, ice and rain can leave roads slippery and increase braking distances dramatically.

If you drive with damaged or worn tyres, you are putting your own life and the life of others at risk.

How to Check Your Tread Depth

In order to check your tyres, you can follow these simple steps:

The first thing to look for is a tread wear indicator… you’ll typically find it in between the ridges.

It measures 1.6mm which is the legal limit. If the surface area around this is at the same level or lower, your tyres need replacing ASAP.

You can also use a tread depth gauge to determine if your tyre is within the safe limit. There are three levels on this gauge – green which means your tyres are in good condition, orange which indicates that your tyres will need replacing shortly and red which means they need to be replaced immediately. Alternatively if you haven’t got a gauge, you can place a €1 coin in one of the ridges. If the tread level is below the gold outer band, your tyres need replacing right away.

Other things to look for include bulges, exposed plies, cuts and tears.

If you find any or all of the above, please call into us immediately so that we can assist you with replacing your tyres.

It’s also important to note that you can be convicted for driving with dangerous tyres. The penalties include a fine of up to €2,500, a 3-month prison sentence, or both.  Five penalty points will also be added to your licence.

Don’t take the risk, it’s not worth it!