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When Should I get my Tyres Changed?

The Road Safety Authority recommends that you have at least 3mm on each of your tyres however the tread depth must not be lower than the legal limit of 1.6mm.

1. Service the tread

1. Minimum Tread Depth

The Road Safety Authority recommends that you have at least 3mm on each of your tyres however the tread depth must not be lower than the legal limit of 1.6mm. The tread is the part of the tyre in contact with the road in normal conditions. Your vehicle’s safety and performance – particularly in wet conditions – are reduced as your tyres wear.

During the NCT test, tyres are inspected for tread depth, condition and the presence of European type approval (‘E’ or ‘e’) marks. You will be told if any of your tyres have a tread depth of less than 3mm or if the date of manufacture of your tyre is more than six years old. This is classed as a ‘pass advisory’ item. This will not cause your vehicle to fail its NCT, but it is to advise you that your tyres may soon need to be changed.

Call in to any of our First Stop Locations for a Free Tyre Safety Check!

Check for damage or irregular wear

2. Check for damage or irregular wear

  • Uneven wear (on both sides of the tyre)
  • Cuts, tears, cracks or bulges on the sidewall
  • Damage caused by impacts, especially after driving over rough surfaces.
  • Stones or other sharp objects lodged in the tyre
  • Damage to the rims (which in turn may cause damage to the tyres)
  • Ageing of the tyres.

All these can cause damage which threaten the safety of the tyres. We recommend going to any First Stop specialist as soon as possible, if any of the situations listed above should occur.