Ways to check your car is road legal
The Guardia Civil have advised that if you want to save yourself an 800 euro fine then use the coin trick. We will explain.
Our vehicle needs be in a good mechanical condition to drive safely and without any worries. One of the most important elements that get over looked all too frequently are the tyres, these are so important as they are the only part of the car that contacts the ground.
This is why we should check them each time we fill up the car or when we check the tyre pressures and make sure they are in a good condition each time. We should also ALWAYS invest in good quality tyres. It is false economy to say 50e on tyres if, during an emergency situation, they don’t respond as they should cause might higher value damages.
Driving with dangerous tyres can also incur a fine from the authorities, one fine could reach up to e800 as it puts at risk the driver’s life as well as that of other road uses and pedestrians. The Guardia Civil has issued an easy way to test the tyres with a 1ecoin.
The 1e coin is made up of an exterior gold perimeter and a silver interior. It is a simple as inserting said coin into the tread of the tyre. If the coil part is completely covered then the tyre has enough tread, in technical terms 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 then tyres should be changed when they get to a 3 mm 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 3 mm depth then the tyre needs to be replaced.
Tyres can wear unevenly due to mechanical issues with the car however the most common causes of uneven wear are over or under inflated tyre pressures; so, in over inflated tyres the centre is the only part touching the road or in under inflated tyres the outside edge is the only part touching the road. Uneven worn tyres and/or under/over inflated are the biggest cause of tyre blow outs which can be costly, dangerous and in some cases, life threatening.
Your car will have a plaque indicating the correct tyre pressures or it 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 both your life and someone else’s.