Adequate tread depth is essential to your safety as the tyre tread helps to remove water from the road surface allowing your tyre to grip the road. As your tyre tread depth wears down, its ability to remove water and grip in the wet is reduced, compromising your safety. The legal minimum tread depth for a car tyre in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.
Driving on tyres which fail to meet this regulation is not only dangerous but illegal and can result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre! We’ll gladly check your tyres tread depth, but if you’d like to do it yourself all you need is 20p.
Checking that your tyres comply with the minimum tread depth regulations is easy and should be carried out on a regular basis, we recommend once a month. The most accurate method is to use a calibrated tread depth gauge, checking the depth in at least three points around the tyre.
If you don't have a calibrated tread depth gauge, a quick and easy way to check is by using a 20p coin. Simply place the coin into the main tread of your tyre. If the marked rim of the coin doesn’t totally disappear into the tread, your tyres may be illegal and should be checked by your local Volkswagen retailer.
If your tyres need to be replaced, we'll provide tyres of the same high quality as factory-fitted originals at competitive prices.