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Problem With Baldness? Bald Tyres That is!

Our friends at Confused.com recently shared a video with me. Not sure if they reckon I would be open to this because of my personal baldness issues but the message is good and worth repeating on this site.

How low can you go before you have to change the tyre?

The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre’s width, along the entire circumference.

But it’s generally agreed that you should change your tyres once the tread depth goes below 3mm. After that, the tyre’s efficiency and safety begin to become compromised.

Is driving on bald tyres dangerous?
It can be incredibly dangerous to drive on bald tyres.

Since tyre tread is designed to improve your grip on the road, the lack of tread gives you less grip.

This increases your stopping distance, increases your risk of a blowout, and increases the danger of aquaplaning on wet roads.

If you are involved in an accident and it’s later revealed that you had bald tyres, your insurer could void your claim and invalidate your policy.

This is because the car would be deemed unroadworthy. The same would apply if your car failed its MOT – your car must be roadworthy to be covered.

What happens if I’m caught driving on bald tyres?
Not taking care of your tyres could have severe consequences. If you’re caught with tyre tread below the 1.6mm limit, you could get three points on your licence and be hit with a fine of up to £2,500.
That’s per tyre.

Driving on a full set of baldies could mean a £10,000 fine and 12 points – enough for a driving ban.