Driving is expensive in general, if it isn't fuel prices which feel like they haven't stopped increasing for at least a decade, it's sundry expenses caused by wear and tear to our cars. Whether that be parts which have worn out over time or the focal point for this article, tyres.
Depending on what car you drive, "good" tyres can be expensive - ranging in price from £80 to £300 per tyre in most cases (this of course depends on your brand choice and the quality of tyre you are purchasing. What you may not realise though is that tyres can be a lot more expensive if you don't know the legal limit of tread depth on road going vehicles.
The legal minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm, I don't know about you but personally I don't carry a tread depth gauge around with me. One thing I do always carry with me is a 20p piece, which does exactly the same job. By using the outer band of the 20p (as shown below) you can roughly gauge your tread depth.
If the outer band of the coin disappears into your tyre tread then you have above the minimum 1.6mm of tread and don't need to worry, if the outer band of the coin is still visible when placed within the tread then you may wish to visit your local tyre fitter. Admittedly, this could turn into an expensive trip however, if you don't make the journey to get your tyres checked, life could get a whole lot more expensive.
If you are stopped by Police and your tread is below the legal tolerance you could be hit with a fine of up to £2,500 and up to 3 penalty points....per tyre! So, in short: keep an eye on your tread depth otherwise it could cost you your licence and also up to £10,000.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.