Tyre Safety

Research shows that many people aren't aware if their tyres are under inflated or worn below the legal tread-depth limit of 1.6mm. At Phoenix Honda, we recommend you check your tyres every two weeks, or before you set off on a long journey, to ensure you're getting the best performance from them.

To take the best care of your tyres, it's a good idea to change them when they reach a tread-depth of 3mm. At this point, tyres are 78% worn, meaning the overall braking and cornering performance of your vehicle is affected.

Tyres below 3mm present an increased risk of aquaplaning (when water is formed between the road and tyre) on wet roads. Aquaplaning causes the tyre to lose contact completely with the road surface, resulting in neither the car's steering or brakes to be properly applied.

What to check – Pressure, Depth and Damage

Tyre pressures

Tyre pressures should be checked a minimum of twice a month and ideally three times monthly, with additional checks before a long journey. If your tyre pressure is incorrect it can cause irregular wear patterns, heavy wear in the centre if overinflated or worn shoulders if underinflated.

Information on the correct tyre pressure readings for different loads for your car can be found in the driver’s manual. Remember to check pressures at ambient temperature, before you drive.

Tyre damage

Check your tyres regularly for unusual wear, damage or foreign bodies. It is also important to check the sidewalls for any bulges or cuts that may be the result of kerb or pothole damage. The appearance of cracks is a sign of ageing.

Tread Depth

Tread Depth RemainingWear Rate %
8mm 0% Worn
7mm 15% Worn
6mm 31% Worn
5mm 47% Worn
4mm 62% Worn
3mm 78% Worn
2mm 94% Worn
1.6 mm 100% Worn
Honda Wheel

The minimum legal limit is 1.6mm across the middle 75% of the tyre at any point. There are indicators in the base of the tyre tread groove that act as a guide for minimum wear. Once your tyres wear down to these indicators, they are illegal.

Phoenix Honda offers a comprehensive and competitively priced tyre replacement package that includes environmentally friendly disposal of the old tyre.

Legal Considerations

Please keep in mind that if your tyre is not roadworthy, not only is the performance of your vehicle affected, you could also risk a possible maximum penalty fine of £10,000 and 12 penalty points on your driving licence.

Number of Faulty TyresMaximum Fine £Penalty Points
1 £2,500 3
2 £5,000 6
3 £7,500 9
4 £10,000 12

Contact us today for more information on our Honda tyre services in Paisley.