Did you know that 8% of cars fail their MOT because of poor tyre maintenance? Tyres can be the cause of an MOT fail when they are worn below the legal tread depth of 1.6mm, although most tyre manufacturers recommend changing your tyres when tread depth reaches 3mm or less. The legal limit is there to protect drivers from tyre-related accidents – worn down tyres can drastically reduce the grip and handling ability of your tyres and lengthen braking distance, putting you, your passengers, and other drivers at risk. Tyre performance degrades over time and when tread depth wears below 3mm, the tyre’s ability to disperse water is less effective, meaning that you are more at risk of skidding, aquaplaning and poor braking in wet weather.
Headlamps and signalling lights are another common cause for an easily-avoided MOT fail, with one in five vehicles failing because of faulty lighting or broken bulbs. If your MOT is due, it’s worth doing a few quick checks to your tyres, lights and electrics of your car to ensure you are not submitting your vehicle for a test it’s bound to fail. A simple way to check the tread depth of your tyres is to take a 20p piece and insert it into the tread – if the rim of the coin is fully hidden within the grooves, your tread is at least the legal limit of 1.6mm, but if you can see the raised rim of the coin above the tread, it’s time to replace your tyres. Getting quick and cheap replacement tyres is so easy with Grippy’s mobile tyre fitting service -with a great range of budget and premium tyres to choose from, we can have you back on the road and ready for your MOT in no time, without breaking the bank!