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Tyre Safety of the Month - October 2019

Johnsons Cars is delighted to be partnering with the UK’s Tyre Safety Organisation – Tyresafe during October by offering a FREE Tyre Health check to all of our customers during October.

More than a quarter of all drivers had an illegal tyre on their vehicle, at the time they were replaced, according to results from a survey conducted by TyreSafe in partnership with Highways England.

TyreSafe believes many more millions of motorists are avoiding having illegal tyres on their vehicles more by luck than judgement. In addition to over a quarter of replaced tyres being illegal, more than a third of all tyres surveyed were extremely close to the legal limit with a maximum of 0.4mm of tread depth remaining before becoming illegal – about half the thickness of a bank card.

Air pressure:

Is the vehicle’s pressure at the right level for the load?

You could use more fuel than necessary, increase wear and risk losing control of the vehicle.


Have you inspected the tyre for signs of irregular wear or damage such as cuts, lumps or bulges ?

You risk driving with a defective tyre which can lead to a rapid deflation.

Tread depth:

The law requires a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference of the tyre. A simple way to check is using TyreSafe’s 20p test. Insert the 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the circumference of the tyre and across its width. If the outer band of the 20p coin is visible whenever you check the tread, your tread depth may be illegal and you should have them checked by a qualified tyre specialist at Johnsons.

You can face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points PLUS reducing the amount of control you will have when accelerating, braking and cornering.

For your FREE Tyre Health Check get in touch with us now!