When you buy a used car for your family, safety and assurances it’s gonna last is my biggest worry.
I’ve watched far too many Esther Ranson shows when I was younger highlighting cut and shut cars. Thankfully, I don’t think that’s still a thing.
However, safety ratings, brakes and tyres are now my go-to worry to ensure that I’m buying a car that we can get in and go without any troubles. So to keep it simple I think about one thing first when reviewing a used car.
What makes it STOP!
That’s all the tyres that touch the road, it’s not only going to save your life but also points and a fine!
The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.
For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3 millimetres. At 1.6 millimetres in wet weather, it takes an extra two car lengths (8 metres) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres.
Travelling for work over to Leeds/Wakefield/Bradford, I’ve been on the M62 a number of times looking at cars parked up having picked up punctures. It’s a really challenging road, especially in the rain/snow. If you’re in that neck of the woods and are in need to buy tyres or get them checked then you can check the range at Ossett Tyre House in Wakefield.
But we don’t want to leave it too late, as a regular check of your tyres 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. Just be careful and ensure that you’re safe and legal.