When is a tyre worn out?

A tyre is legally worn out when it has less than 1.5mm of tread. Not only is it important for our own safety and for others on the road but it’s also a legal requirement to have at least 1.5mm of tread on your vehicle’s tyres. Worn tyres can cause a lack of control, hydroplaning, blowouts and understeering. In wet weather, worn tyres considerably increase effective braking distances.

Did you know that brand new tyres come with 8mm of tread, and then slowly get worn down? If your tyres are below 3mm, it's highly recommended that you look at changing your tyres.

If you need new tyres, RAC can help, our mobile tyre van can come to you* or choose one of local service centres.

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