Correct tyres are essential for getting the best out of your vehicle. What’s more, they’re arguably the most important safety feature. Over 3.5 million British motorists are driving on illegal tyres. O Tyres are the vehicle's only point of contact with the road. The actual area of contact between the car and the road through the tyres is small. Bald tyres - 'slicks' - may be fine for a race car on a dry track, but no good at all for road vehicles on a wet road surface. Tyres treads are designed to pump water from the road surface and provide maximum grip. By the time the tread is worn down to the legal limit they will be unable to perform this task efficiently and MUST be replaced.
Even though the legal limit for your tread depth is 1.6mm, RoSPA(The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) recommends that worn tyres are replaced with an equivalent new unit well before the legal minimum tread limit of 1.6mm is reached - ideally as soon as they reach 3mm. There is an 8m difference in stopping distance when travelling at 50mph in wet conditions between tyres with a 3mm tread and 1.6mm.
For more detailed information regarding stopping distance and tyre facts please visit the Rospa website.
Tyre Tread Measurements
MAXIMUM TYRE TREAD = 8mm
MINIMUM LEGALTYRE TREAD LIMIT = 1.6mm*
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TYRE TREAD = 3mm
*Centre 75% of the breadth and around entire circumference of the tyre.
Sutton Park Group offer a wide range of tyres including our budget range, right through to premium brand tyres, all of which can be fully fitted by our trained technicians. Please contact us using our enquiry form below with your tyre size so we can provide you with a personalised quote.