Tyre tread depth
The correct minimum tread depth for cars tyre is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of breadth of the tread and around its whole outer circumference.
In wet road, Car tyre tread grooves help to remove water from the contact patch between your tyres and the road surface meaning your car can brake, steer and accelerate properly.
Without sufficient tread depth your tyres may not be able to perform properly in wet road conditions therefore it is causing dangerous on the road. It is wise to consider replacing your tyres well before they reach the correct minimum.
In situations when your tyres does not have enough tread depth to clear the water properly from the road surface, you may experience the particularly hazardous phenomenon of aquaplaning.
During aquaplaning, your tyres lose contact with the road surface and travel on top of the water’s surface. With no contact with the road, you are unable to accelerate, brake or steer effectively, these will put you at greater risk to accident.
To reduce your risk of aquaplaning, check your tyre tread depth regularly.
Tyre treads are designed to give good grip on wet roads but this generally decreases as a tyre’s tread pattern wears down or as the depth of water increases. Drivers should take note of consideration and reduce their speed when facing wet conditions on the road.
Drive safe on the wet road.