Tyres from Wessex Garages 

​Tyres are one of the most important parts of your car, and are often one of the most overlooked. After all, they’re the only part of your car in contact with the road, so ensuring your tyres are in good condition is vitally important. What’s more, driving with damaged or excessively worn tyres not only risks invalidating your insurance policy, earning you a large fine and penalty points on your driving licence, but it puts lives in danger too.

You may be wondering if it’s time to change your tyres, so read on to ensure you’re meeting the requirements. If you think you need a replacement tyre, all tyres supplied by Wessex Garages are fitted free of charge and come with a seven-day price promise on any like-for-like quote.

Minimum Tyre Requirements

UK law stipulates that all vehicles must be fitted with tyres of the correct size and type for the vehicle, inflated to the correct pressure. As the person running the car, it’s your responsibility to ensure they meet the minimum tread depth (1.6mm) across the centre ¾ of the tyre, all the way around. If a tyre doesn’t meet the requirements, your car will instantly fail its MOT.

Your car will fail also its MOT if any of the following requirements are not met:

  • Tyres must be compatible with the types of tyres fitted to the other wheels
  • Tyres must not have any lump, bulge or tear caused by separation from or partial failure of its structure
  • Tyres must not have a cut or tear in excess of 25mm in width, and deep enough to reach the ply or cord
  • Tyres must not have any part of the ply or cord exposed
  • Tyres on the same axle must have the same nominal size and aspect ratio

Check Your Tyre Tread

We’ve put together a short video showing you how to check the depth of the tread on your tyres. If you’re not comfortable checking the tyres yourself or would like a second opinion, please visit your nearest Wessex Garages branch and our team can check them for you.