3MM Tyre Campaign
3MM Tyre Campaign
Independent research performed by the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) has provided convincing new evidence that worn tyres significantly increase the chances of having an accident on wet roads by increasing the braking distance.
The test results showed that significant increases in braking distance began to appear when the tyre was worn down to 3mm. Although the legal minimum UK tread depth is only 1.6mm, this new research showed that tyres with a 3mm tread had a 25% better performance than those at 1.6mm in wet conditions.
In terms of braking distance this represents an extra 8 metres (25ft). In one test, where a new tyre with a tread depth of 8mm was compared to one with only 1.6mm the braking distance increased by 13 metres (42.25ft) – the equivalent to double the length of a typical living room.
Promoting driver safety
On the back of this research, the road safety organisation Roadsafe is planning to launch an autumn campaign to educate motorists on tyre safety and encourage more frequent tyre replacement.
"Camber" is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre. The camber is set by the vehicle manufacturer, and can be affected by potholes in the road and may need to be adjusted periodically.Point of sale material with the headline “Don’t chance it. Check your tread” will be available mid July to help drive the message home.
Point of sale material with the headline “Don’t chance it. Check your tread” will be available mid July to help drive the message home.
Please contact Xpress Garage to have your tyres inspected. The 3mm campaign went live in August with tyre dealers able to order posters, leaflets and dispensers direct from the printers..
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