Ways to check your car is road-legal

THE Guardia Civil have advised that if you want to save yourself an €800 fine, then use the coin trick.

Our vehicle needs be in good mechanical condition to drive safely, and without any worries. One of the most vital things that gets overlooked is the tyres. These are so important, because they are the only parts of the car that make contact with the ground.

This is why we should check them each time we fill up the car, or when we check the tyre pressures, and we must make sure they are in good condition. Also, we should ALWAYS invest in good-quality tyres. It is false economy to spend, for example, €50 on tyres, if, during an emergency situation, they don’t respond as they should.

Driving with dangerous tyres can also incur a fine from the authorities. A single fine can be up to €800, because it puts at risk the driver’s life, as well as those of other road users and pedestrians. The Guardia Civil has issued an easy way to test the tyres, with a €1 coin.

The €1 coin is made up of an exterior gold perimeter, and a silver interior. It is a simple as inserting the coin into the tread of the tyre. If the coil part is completely covered, then the tyre has enough tread: in technical terms, this is a minimum of 1.7 mm.

If the coil part is visible, then the tyre needs to be changed, urgently. However, if you value your safety, tyres should be changed when they get to a 3mm depth.

The minimum depth is all over the tyre, not just in the centre, as most people assume. If the edge is scrubbed clean, but the middle still has a 3mm depth, then the tyre needs to be replaced.

Tyres can wear, unevenly, because of mechanical issues with the car. However, the most common causes of uneven wear are over or under-inflated tyres. In over-inflated tyres, the centre is the only part touching the road, and, in under-inflated tyres, the outside edge is the only part touching the road.

Unevenly-worn tyres, and/or under/over inflated ones, are the biggest cause of tyre blow-outs. These can be costly and dangerous, and, in some cases, life-threatening.

Your car will have a plaque indicating the correct tyre pressures, or they will be shown in the hand book. Please don’t use the petrol stations’ gauges as an accurate reading, as most of them aren’t calibrated.

Please check your tyres. It could help save your life, and someone else’s.



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