No matter if you are going on a long or short journey, being prepared and staying safe is important.

The focus for the month of October is tyre safety.

Car tyres

It is essential that your check your car tyres are in good condition to keep you and your passengers safe on the road. The driver is responsible for the condition of the tyres.

Check your tyres at least once a month

Air pressure

Check your tyre's are at the manufacturer's recommended pressure. The recommended pressure may displayed in your car - this may be in the door shut, fuel cap or owner's manual.


Remove any stones or objects from the tyre's tread. If you spot any lumps, bumps or cuts, get your tyres checked by a professional.


The UK legal minimum tread is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tread. Check your tyres are safe with the 20 pence test:

The 20p test

Put a 20 pence coin into three different places in the tyre's tread.

  • If you can't see the outer rim of the coin, your tread is above the legal limit.
  • If you can see the outer rim of the coin, your tyre is probably below the legal limit and is unsafe. You should get your tyres checked by a professional immediately.

You should check your tyres once a month to ensure they are safe to drive on.

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