Brit motorists still believe kicking a tyre tests if it’s road-worthy


Many motorists admit they don’t know correct methods of telling if car tyres are safe enough to be used according to a recent poll reported in a national newspaper.

Apparently a third of drivers believe that kicking a car tyre will help to reveal if it is properly inflated.

Nearly a quarter who took part in the poll admitted they didn’t know how to check if a tyre’s tread is legal, despite built-in markers.

Tyres are the only point of contact a vehicle has with the road. It is therefore vitally important for motorists to check their tyres regularly.

It is vital that tyres should be given a thorough inspection at least once a month, to check for any embedded objects as well as tyre depth and pressure.

Maintaining correct tyre pressure has benefits other than safety. Under or over inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be replaced more regularly. Under inflated tyres increase the rolling resistance that requires more fuel to maintain the same speed.

Correct tyre pressure also benefits the environment by maintaining optimum fuel efficiency, and reduces CO2 emissions.

Keep tyre pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended level and check you have at least 3mm of tread. The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6mm*, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3 millimetres.

At 1.6mm in wet weather it takes an extra car length (8 metres) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres.

To help motorists maintain optimum tyre pressure, Ring Automotive has a range of air compressors. These compact air compressors can easily be stored in the car to check and inflate checks your car tyres as part of your overall car maintenance before a journey. Alternatively, you can use one of Ring’s tyre pressure gauges.

To help you check your tread depth Ring’s range of tyre pressure gauges includes tyre tread depth gauges, ensuring you never exceed the minimum limit of 1.6mm.