Is it time to change tyres? Learn how to check your tread depth and inspect for damages.
Because it’s the only part of the vehicle that grips the road, the depth of tread on your tyres is very important for your and your vehicle’s safety. Tyre tread signals the health of the tyre. Driving with low tread depth increases the potential for tyre failure, aquaplaning and increase the braking distance.
Measuring the tread depth is very simple. The minimum tread depth for a tyre is 1.6mm. You can follow two simple steps to check if the tread depth level is within limits:
The first step in checking tyre tread depth is to get good access to your tyres.
If you look around the tread carefully, you will see a bar of rubber which goes across the main grooves of the tread and isn't part of the regular pattern. This is the wear indicator. A MichelinMan figure on the shoulder of each of our tyres shows the location of the wear indicators. If the rubber is at the same level than these wear indicators, the tyre has raised the legal limits of 1.6mm or could even be below it. It is time to change it !