Maintaining the correct PSI or BAR pressure and condition of your tyres is vital to your safety when driving a vehicle, its handling and fuel economy.

The grooves in the tread of tyres remove water from the surface area between your tyres and the road, so your vehicle can grip the road enough. With wet surface conditions, tyres with a decent depth of tread can typically get rid of enough water from the road to fill a normal-sized bucket in approximately 7 seconds!

With insufficient tread depth your tyres may not be able to manage this, increasing the hazard of aquaplaning because of a loss of traction. It's a frightening experience as you may lose control of the vehicle.

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What Should You Do?

Enhancing your safety in wet conditions and decreasing your chances of aquaplaning is simple. Simply check the tread depth of your tyres frequently and get new tyres when they appear too worn.

UK laws say that the minimum legal tread depth for cars is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of tyres around their complete circumference. Driving on tyres below this limit is both illegal and dangerous, carrying potential fines of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points for each individual tyre!

To work out whether your tyres have a deep enough tread depth, you only need to use a 20 pence coin. Just place a 20p coin in the main grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is still visible when it’s placed in the grooves, then that tyre may be dangerous and illegal and should be inspected by a professional, so contact your nearest Allen Ford, Essex Ford or SMC Ford dealership!

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