Tread Safely*


Next month I celebrate 21 years of driving. I still remember the driving instructor pulling up outside my parent’s house and me a nervous teenager waiting for her to arrive twitching the net curtains for my very first lesson. By some miracle I didn’t have to have many lessons each costing £12.50 and went onto pass my test first time in the pouring rain. Learning to drive is one of my biggest achievements I think it’s such an important life skill to have giving me the independence to go places.

Sadly I don’t have an electronic picture of my very first car as back in 1994 I didn’t own a mobile phone Ladies and Gents.  My dad bought me a silver Nissan Micra or the “tin box” it lovingly became to be known as. It was a car that got me from A to B, nothing flash. My first solo car journey around the local area was a success and I remember the look of relief on my mum’s face when I pulled up onto the driveway. I have all this to come with Jay! 


As a parent I take car safety seriously especially as I make longer journeys up and down motorways with the little man on board.   When we go to stay at my parents in the Midlands we do pack a lot into the car  which inevitably increases the load so I always check tyre pressures as both under and over inflation can increase tyre wear. I’m no expert on car maintenance but I am aware of the basics and as a frequent motorway driver tyres play a crucial part in road safety.  A regular check can help you to avoid 3 penalty points and £2,500 in fines for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit on your vehicle. The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres but anything under 3mm can seriously compromise performance and safety.  The tread is the grooved outer layer of your tyre that is in direct contact with the road.  New tyres come with at least 7mm of tread.  

My dad told me about the 20p check which I initially laughed at but he was being genuine especially if you don’t own a calibrated tread depth gauge (I don’t know anyone that does).  Insert a 20p coin into the lowest tread depth of your tyres. If you can’t see the outer rim around the edge of the coin, then your tyre is safe and has a minimum of 3mm tread depth. If you can see the rim then your tyre tread is less than 3mm and should be checked by a professional.


Point-S is a leading independent tyre dealer network and are currently offering free tyre safety checks so if you are a driver and haven’t go the time to be messing about with 20ps it’s worth heading to an outlet.  You’re also in with a chance of winning a new motor if you go onto buy Avon Tyres #BuyTyresAndWinACar  

If like me you’re not a whizz at car stuff you can also pick up some tips on  general car maintenance which is especially useful if you’re at the start of your driving career!

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