Tyre wear is out of sight and out of mind

Tread DepthHow often do you check your tyres?  Tyre wear reduces tyre performance and if you tyres become illegal you can receive a significant fine.  David Brown reports of a survey that reveals a poor approach to tyre maintenance.

A survey of more than 2,000 British drivers found a poor understanding of the legal and safety requirements for the tread depth of tyres.

Of those questioned, 40 percent gave an incorrect figure for the legal minimum tread while 20 percent confessed to simply not knowing.

Four percent of those surveyed said, incorrectly, the minimum tread depth depends on the make of tyre.

Alarmingly, 11 percent said they didn’t know what tyre ‘tread depth’ meant.

And if you do get into trouble through poor tyre maintenance sadly 38 percent have no confidence on how to fit a spare wheel.

The legal minimum tread depth in Australia is 1.5mm.


About David Brown 531 Articles
David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto