HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY CAR TYRE HAS A THREAD WEAR TO AVOID THE WRATH OF POLICE OFFICERS?
Do you know the legal limit for your tyre tread?
The law requires a minimum of 1.6mm tread depth across the face of the tread in contact with the road.
Look for the tread wear indicator bars moulded across the tread at regular spacings to gauge the minimum tread depth. When the tread block is level with the wear bar, the tyre is at its legal limit.
Having tyres with an effective grip can significantly lower your stopping distance. Safety experts recommend having at least 3mm of tread on your tyres to ensure your stopping distance is as low as possible
Similarly, tread wear comes in many different forms, many of which mark a tyre as unusable. These include:
While the average new passenger tyre has between 8-12mm of tread depending on the tyre’s size, the minimum standard is 1.6mm of tread. Less than this amount and you could actually be charges with an offence.
Fines and MOT Failure
Motorists who drive on illegal or defective tyres can be fined. A police officer may issue a fixed penalty notice or report the case for prosecution, where the court can impose a fine of up to Ksh 2,500 for each illegal tyre.
1. SUBARU FORESTER
The Subaru Forester is the most sought after car in google search engine by Kenyans with a monthly search averaging 5400 searches. This elegant SUV is an amazing machine for young and middle age population. It is one of those vehicles categorized by Kenyans as 'cars with a swag'. To acquire a Forester of EX-JAPAN model, you need at least Ksh 2.4 Million with a 2014 engine. It's not easy to acquire a brand new Forester in Kenya unless you are ready to cough more than Ksh 4 Million.
2. Mazda CX-5
This vehicle gives a Subaru Forester a run for her money. This runners up machine is among the most popular sought cars in Kenya. Has a terrific shape and look with all features of a sports utility vehicle.
It has gained popularity in the last 4 months to compete with a forester. A Mazda CX-5 is almost the same price as a forester with a 2014 engine ex-Japan retailing at Ksh 1.9 million. More than 5400 searches on the internet on her credit.
3. SUBARU IMPREZA
Who doesn't know this creature on Kenyan roads? With more than 3600 searches monthly average, a Subaru Impreza is indeed impressive. Her simplicity, fuel economy, uniqueness and speed makes her among the most favored cars with young age of middle class. A 2014 engine model vehicle can retail for 1.5 million shillings.
4. TOYOTA AURIS
This is a first cousin of a Toyota Fielder. Fuel efficient, best resell value, stability, easy to maintain and relatively cheaper. This vehicle is common for low earners in the middle class category such as teachers, nurses, government workers, businessmen and cooperate workers.
3600 on average is the number of times Kenyans are searching for this vehicle every month. A 2014 Auris engine model vehicle can retail for more than Ksh 1.3 million.
5. MAZDA DEMIO
Mazda Demio is a low cost, low fuel consumer designed for low income users. In the last three years, it has grown as the most famous non-Toyota vehicle giving a Toyota Vits peer a run for her money.
A Demio is popular among youth who are experiencing life with a vehicle for the first time and women who want to rush for job and back because it offers convenience, efficiency and affordability. It has a 1300 CC engine meaning it approximately covers 18 Kilometres on a liter of petrol in a continuous motion. A Demio with 2014 engine model costs around Ksh 800,000/=. If you don't care about vehicles with a swag, grab a Demio.
6. SUZUKI SWIFT
Just like a Demio and a Toyota Vits, Suzuki Swift is another vehicle in this category. Small, fuel efficient, reliable and affordable. 2900 times on average is the number of times this tiny Japanese vehicle is sought around the internet in one month. This 1197 CC and 5-seater machine is not out of reach of many Kenyans. This means it can consume 1 liter of Petrol in around 20 Kilometres. A journey from Kisii to Kisumu Approx. 140 KM will cost the car owner around Ksh 850/= translating to 7 litres of petrol. Using a Matatu usually costs Ksh 500/=. A 2014 Engine model vehicle costs around Ksh 850, 000/=
7. BMW X6
BMW X6 is in competition with a Nissan Juke, Toyota Rav 4, Toyota Vanguard and Toyota Rush. This is a category of mini 4 x 4 wagons. Good vehicles among researchers and adventurers. X6 is searched on average more than 2900 times every month by fans on Google. A brand new BMW X6 in Kenya is around Ksh 12 million to Ksh 15.5 million. There is no dispute that this Germany Motor machine is one of the most awesome I have ever seen.
8. NISSAN JUKE
This Japanese machine from Nissan company is not as expensive and a BMW X6, Vanguard or RAV 4 but was built to offer an alternative choice for RAV 4 lovers. On average searched more than 2900 time by fans. It offers variety, comfy and plays as a 'false number 9' among the mini 4 x 4 SUVs. A 2014 engine model retails for around Ksh 1.4 Million.
9. RANGE ROVER SPORT
A Range Rover Sport vehicle is no match of affordability to majority of Kenyans. Other vehicle in this category is a Toyota Landcruiser V8. You can sell your land and Kidney, and wife and children and still can't afford it. Fueling it is also out of reach for majority of Kenyans.
This vehicle is common among business people, politicians, diplomats, cooperates and UN officers. A 2014 engine model can retail at around Ksh 8.5 Million but still Kenyans search it on average 2900 times in a month meaning that Kenyans are too daring. A Brand new Range Rover Sport is around Ksh 15 Million to Ksh 30 Million. A sports RIM set is around Ksh 150,000 WTF...
10. SUBARU OUTBACK
This is a vehicle for upper middle class Kenyans. A 2014 model engine is retailing around Ksh 2.7 million. The Honda CRV, Toyota RAV 4 and Suzuki Escudo are her peers. The vehicle is searched more than 2900 times on Google by fans.
This 2400 CC beast is good for people who have advanced their careers and feel no hitch in fueling it. Very common among sportsmen, businessmen, lawyers, accountants and young doctors.
The following vehicles were selected from a pool of Toyota vehicles available in Kenya putting in mind the fuel efficiency and capacity limited to 7-seaters. There are other fuel guzzlers available with the same capacity which we will cover later. We chose Toyota because they are the cheapest vehicles to maintain in Kenyan perspective.
Some other vehicles listed here are out of production but they are available in most motor Bazaars across the country.
A 7-seater vehicle is effective for use of large family, Taxi, school and even office. Check the list below.