While you’re checking pressures, it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the tyre’s condition. Legally, you must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. To help you judge how much tread you have on your vehicle tyres, manufacturers often mould tread bars at roughly 1.6mm.
At LeasePlan, we change tyres at 2mm as standard, so you should never be on illegal tyres as long as you check them regularly.
Many manufacturers now include a Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) within the grooves of the tyre tread which becomes more visible as the tyre wears down. Whilst these markings are an indicator, always check the tread depth using a tread depth gauge and check your tyres regularly for bulges, wear or other signs of damage. You can also check the tread depth simply by using a 20p coin as the image shows, but if you’re not sure, pop into one of our approved tyre centres and they'll check them for free.
If your contract includes maintenance, we will also authorise replacements when the tyre is damaged or deemed to warrant replacement due to safety reasons. Just call our DriverLine number on 0344 493 7644 and select the relevant option; we'll then check stock levels for your vehicle within your area and get an appointment for you.