Have you ever wondered what Bibendum on your tyre wall is pointing at?

Jerrica · Oct 30, 2019 03:43 PM

Bibendum icon on tyre points to tyre wear indicator

How do you check your tyre wear? Universally, we are taught to hold a coin within the grove of the tyre to check the depth of the treads.

It took quite a bit of digging before I found the Malaysian coin version of the test.

If all the alphabets of the words Bank Negara Malaysia on your 10 cent coin is on show when you hold the coin to the tread, it means it’s time to change your tyres.

Tyre wear indicator

But did you not know that there is an even better fool proof test you can carry out without the use of coins?

All tyres has a tread wear indicator designed into the grooves. These indicators are set at 1.6 mm according to legal requirements.

As the tyre wears down, the gap between the indicator and the top of the tread will narrow.

If the tread and the indicator reach the same level it means it is way pass the time you should change your tyres.

Tyre Wear Indicator

Yes, the 1.6 mm height of the indicator might be the legal limit of how worn down your tyres should be, but it doesn’t mean that you should change your tyres only when the treads reach the same level of the indicator.

Bridgestone recommends to replace tyres once the tread depth drops below 3 mm.

Tests have shown that wet braking performance is already severely compromised once the tread wears down to 3 mm.

Arrow that points to tyre wear indicator

So now you know how the tyre wear indicator works.

Just look for the little triangle on the wall of your tyre like in the picture above, this is the pointer to the little bump within the grove of the tyre that is the Tread Wear Indicator.

Or if you’re on Michelin tyres, just look for where Bibendum is pointing to and you will find the indicator.



There isn’t a time in memory that doesn’t involve staring at cars. After discovering the excitement of watching Schumacher vs Hakkinen, Formula 1 became a major part of life. The love for cars and F1 ultimately led to a job with CAR Magazine. The untimely death of the magazine meant a hiatus from cars at lifestyle women’s magazine Marie Claire before another opportunity came knocking again.


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