How to check your tyres tread depth

It’s important that you know how to check your tyres’ tread depth. After all, the tread depth affects handling and provides grip with the road surface. The deeper it is, the more grip you’ll have.


*Test conditions: 195/65 R15 91V, ContiPremiumContact™ 2, VW Golf IV, braking on wet, from 80km/h to 0 km/h (status: 2007). The graphics shown here are for illustration purposes only. The braking distance of a vehicle depends on its type, its age, the brakes and the tyres used, as well as the road surface (Source: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH).  Tyre pressure in relation to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation (Source: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH).

Tread depth facts:

  • New tyres have a tread depth of 8-9mm
  • Legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm
  • Safe driving in wet and snowy weather conditions is affected by the tread depth, the pattern design and the rubber compound of the tread of your tyres.
  • On wet and snow covered roads breaking performance will progressively decline with lower tread depths
  • Check your tyres regularly
  • Reduce your speed on wet and snowy roads
  • Consider replacing your tyres in good time
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