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How Do I Check My Tyre Tread Depth?

TyresOnTheDrive shares some simple tips on how to measure your tread depth

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How To Check Tread Depth

There are three quick and easy ways to check your tyre tread, but the simplest is using a 20p coin, as the outer band measures exactly 1.6mm, which is the legal minimum for tread depth. Watch our short video for a quick demonstration.


Cornering and alignment can cause the tread across the tyre to wear at a different rate, so when checking tread depth it is important to take multiple measurements across the central three-quarters of the tyre.

The effects of low tyre tread

The lower your tread depth, the lower your tyre's grip on the road, which can increase braking distances and affect the handling and performance of your vehicle.

TyresOnTheDrive recommends changing your tyres once your tread depth reaches 3mm, despite the legal minimum being 1.6mm. Why? Because that extra 1.4mm could reduce your stopping distance by the length of 2 cars*.

The results speak for themselves…

Effect of tread depths on stopping distance infographic
*When travelling on a wet surface at 50mph.

If you’re in need of assistance or looking for advice on tyre tread, our advisors are on hand 7 days a week.