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How To Check Your Tyre Tread Depth

Not sure how to tell if you need new tyres?

In this short video, Matt from the YouTube channel Panda Garage explains how to check your tyre tread and work out when it’s time to replace your tyres.

Transcript: How To Check Your Tyre Tread Depth

G’day everyone, Matt from Panda Garage here for gotU Roadside Assistance. Today’s video is all about tyre tread: when it’s time to change those tyres and what to look out for to keep the longest life you can for those tyres. We’re going to learn some tips, learn some tricks and hopefully have a little bit of fun, so stick around!

The first thing we’re going to be looking for is actually how tread wears down and how it works, so I need a tyre. Oh, one’s just rolled into scene! Basically what we’re looking for is we’re looking for any cracks in the side wall of the tyre and we’re also looking at the tread. So we’re going to have a closer look at this just to show you. This a close-to-worn tyre so it’ll make it a little bit easier to show you, then I’ll show you what a proper tyre actually looks like when you first buy them and what you’re looking for and the differences between the two.

I’ve opened the garage door for this one because I want to make sure you guys can see plenty of this. Now this tyre here is very close to being finished off. As you can see with the little dots here, these little indicators are actually quite low, it’s probably got like 1000 kilometres maybe in it. So when you’re checking your tyres, run your finger through the inside here and when it gets down to the same level as the tyre, that’s when it’s time to change it.

Now with your side walls we’re making sure that we’re checking for any cuts or any sort of rubber deterioration. It’s like little splits essentially in the tyre. If there’s none there then your tyre’s okay. Maintain your tyres and always check them. So let’s get a look at a tyre that’s near new.

This is about as low as I can get! This is actually a tyre that’s only had a few thousand kilometres on it so it’s near new. Basically you can see the tread is way chunkier and also you’ll feel that the indicators are there and you can see how far it actually is in the tyre. So this has still got plenty of wear in it. That’s what you’re looking for, just feeling in there. You can feel the divets right there, I don’t even have to look at it, I know it’s right there. It’s a really simple and quick way to check your tyres. So if you ever get asked to check your tyres or you just want to check your tyres yourself, just run your fingers through there.

You’re going to get a little bit dirty but that’s no drama! And it’ll tell you straight away, you don’t have to be told by a mechanic or get ripped off and if they say ‘Hey, you need to spend all this money on new tyres’ sometimes you might feel them and say ‘No, I don’t actually yet, it hasn’t hit its indicator’. Show them up a little bit. That’s it when it comes to a new tyre, just feel through. It’s the most basic and easy way to check. And also check for cracks.

Every week or two walk around your car, have a bit of a look, see if anything’s standing out or not quite right, because it’s not hard to check all this stuff. If you know what you’re looking for, it’s very easy to check.

Hopefully you enjoyed that and hopefully you learnt some of those tips and tricks of checking your tyre tread. Thank you all so much for watching.

You can also see Matt’s other video about how to inflate your car’s tyres correctly.