In our house we conform to a fairly traditional household, we basically have girl and boy jobs – each terribly stereotypical. I am generally responsible for most of the cleaning, washing, ironing, cooking etc. Ben’s jobs are bins (eurgh bin juice), lawn mowing (gets on my hayfever), dishes (I have delicate hands), DIY (I’m not too bad at IKEA flat packs as long as it doesn’t need to be sat on or hold things on), and he deals with the cars. Although I can just about manage to put in petrol… So when the folks at Point S got in touch to ask if I wanted to talk about tyre safety I thought sure, I don’t have a clue, I’m sure I’m not the only one, let’s do this.
Tyres are not something I’ve really considered before I basically have left it to mechanics to tell me – or my husband what’s going on with them. Bad, I now realise. However, as someone who ferries around a toddler most days, I want to make sure we’re kept safe at all times. When it comes to tread, Point S says: “More tread means more grip. It’s as simple as that. Be aware that even though the legal limit is 1.6mm, anything under 3mm can seriously compromise performance and safety.”
To check your tyres you can either use a dedicated tread gauge:
Or use your Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) –(premium tyre manufacturers such as Bridgestone mould TWI’s into the design of the tyres’ tread pattern). It’s easily identifiable; it’s made up of six or more small rubs across the bottom of the main tread grooves, which are usually 1.6mm to 2mm above the base of the groove. The legal limit of 1.6mm is reached when the tyre is worn to the level of the tread wear indicators in the main groove – as soon as this happens, the tyre should be replaced. Sounds fairly straightforward, here is a handy pic:
However, it’s not just the tyre tread we need to consider, but tyre pressure too. Under inflated tyres can overheat and also consume more fuel – I already resent paying for fuel, it could be used for so much nicer things like cake and shoes. To find out what your car’s tyre pressure should be, consult the manufacturers tyre placard usually found inside the driver’s doorsill, glove box, fuel filler cap, under the bonnet or in the vehicles handbook. The placard also displays the manufacturers recommended tyre sizes. Buying tyres online can save you a tidy sum (more money for cake and shoes again) so you can save money by buying car tyres online from Point-S tyre dealers.
So there you have it, a how to guide for tyre tread and pressure, who’d have thought it?
You can read up more on why tyres are important on the Point S website.
Thanks to Point S for partnering with ThisIsMe!