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    • thescouselander
    • By thescouselander 30th Sep 17, 9:16 AM
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    When do you change your tyres?
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    • 30th Sep 17, 9:16 AM
    When do you change your tyres? 30th Sep 17 at 9:16 AM
    I reckon I'll be needing some new tyres soon as the fronts on my car are at about 3mm. I was wondering what everyone else does when deciding to replace tyres - do you leave it to the legal limit or change sooner?

    Personally I've found tyres can become noisy when too worn and obviously wet weather performance will be degraded but on the other hand tyres are expensive to replace. Help me decide when to change.


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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 2nd Oct 17, 9:28 AM
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    That's why I said in the other thread that we have the USA to thank for the 1.6mm minimum tread depth in metricated countries

    Their minimum of 2/32" equals 1/16" which is 1.5875mm
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    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 2nd Oct 17, 9:43 AM
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    I think it may well just be coincidence that 1.6mm happens to coincide with a dibnah fraction, tbh.

    The UK's minimum tread depth was introduced as 1mm in 1968 (yes, it was introduced as a metric measurement half a century ago...), and changed to 1.6mm in 1992 as a result of a 1989 European directive. Meanwhile, the US still has no single national standard - many states go with 1/16", but some are 1/32", and some have no minimum.
    • macman
    • By macman 2nd Oct 17, 10:59 AM
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    So, in the US, with some of the most stringent federal car safety regulations in the world, it's perfectly legal to drive with bald tyres in some states? Do you know which ones?
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    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 2nd Oct 17, 11:11 AM
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    So, in the US, with some of the most stringent federal car safety regulations in the world
    Originally posted by macman
    <snort of laughter>
    No roadworthiness testing at all in many states, emissions-only in many others, laughably lax in the rest.
    Driving licenses given away with cornflakes.
    Drink-driving gets a slap on the wrist.

    No wonder they kill about four times as many people on their roads as we do, adjusted for population.

    it's perfectly legal to drive with bald tyres in some states? Do you know which ones?
    <re-googles>
    42 states - 1/16"
    CA, ID - 1/32"
    AR, MT, NM, ND, SC, WV - no minimum
    Last edited by AdrianC; 02-10-2017 at 11:14 AM.
    • Exemplar
    • By Exemplar 3rd Oct 17, 7:35 AM
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    So, in the US, with some of the most stringent federal car safety regulations in the world, it's perfectly legal to drive with bald tyres in some states? Do you know which ones?
    Originally posted by macman
    I'm gonna get me a big lazy V8 RWD and get some slick action on them freeways!
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    • donny jim
    • By donny jim 11th Oct 17, 9:23 AM
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    But that depends on if your a speedster who brakes a lot or a careful driver, be the latter, it saves your tyres and you will use less fuel.
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 11th Oct 17, 10:43 AM
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    I think one of my tyres may be on 1.7mm so will get a couple of new budget tyres when I get paid at end of month.
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