1. Check your tread depth
More tread means more grip in the wet. It’s as simple as that. Check your tread depth regularly either with a dedicated tread gauge or using the built-in tread wear indicator on your tyres. The legal requirement is that the tread grooves retain a certain minimum depth, when measured at Tread Wear Indicator (TWI), located around the circumference of the tyre. In European countries for summer passenger tyres, the figure is 1.6 mm while in several countries for certain winter models the reference is 4 mm.
Check your tread depth:
On all four tyres
In each main groove
In at least 2 points along the groove
2. Check your tyre pressure
Tyres simply will not work without enough air. Make sure you check your pressure at least once a month and keep your tyres correctly inflated at all times. You’ll find the correct pressure for your vehicle in your operating manual and in most cases either under your fuel cap, on the inside of your door or in your glove compartment.
Check your tyre pressure:
When your tires are cold
Before long journeys
When carrying heavy loads
3. Check for damage or irregular wear
Look after your tyres and they will look after you. Check regularly for any signs of irregular wear, any sharp objects lodged in the tread and any cuts, tears, cracks or bulges. If in doubt, ask a specialist!
Check for damage or uneven wear regularly:
On all four tyres
On both sides of the tyre
On wheel rims (which may damage your tyres)
Bridgestone Tyre Safety Test
Ed Ordynski demonstrates the driving experience when a tyre is under inflated and low on tread depth. A few simple checks can ensure the saftey of your family on the road.
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