Taking care of your tyres is important to ensure your safety, your motoring costs are kept down and that you are safe from prosecution by the law. At Tyre Pros we offer two simple tips:
- Check your tyres regularly
- Look after your tyres and they’ll look after you
Checking your tyres on a regular basis is easy and needn’t take longer than a few minutes – below are the 3 things we recommend you look for.
Tyre Wear and Tread Depth
We recommend that you check your tyres for wear at least once a month and before any long journeys. The legal limit for a tyre is 1.6mm of tread, and the tyre must have 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, around the entire circumference.
We also advise that you look for uneven tread wear – this is easy to spot, all you need to do is run your hand over the surface of the tyre. It should feel smooth. If the tyres surface isn’t smooth there is either a problem with incorrect inflation, or the alignment which has caused uneven wear.
If you suspect that your wheels are out of alignment, bring your car into your local Tyre Pros centre where our experts will check your alignment.
Did you know
You can check your tyre tread depth with a 20 pence piece? Simply place the coin into the main grooves of the tyre and if the outer rim is covered by the tread walls there is still sufficient tread to be safe and legal. If the outer rim is visible the tyre is close to the legal limit and should be checked by a specialist.
You can prolong the life of your tyres by ‘rotating’ them – provided all four tyres on your car are the same size. We recommend that your tyres be rotated every 10,000 miles. If you have a front wheel drive car, your front tyres will wear more quickly than your rear tyres (and vice versa for rear wheel drive vehicles). At Tyre Pros we want to help you get the most out of your tyres!
Again this is quick and easy to do – all you need is a pressure gauge (modern foot pumps are equipped with these), but if you don’t have one, most petrol stations and all Tyre Pros centres do. Be sure to check all tyres on the vehicle (including the spare), ensuring that pressures are consistent with the manufacturers recommendations (which can be found in the car’s owners handbook, or on the inside of the driver’s door frame).
Did you know
- Under inflated tyres can overheat
- Over inflated tyres can compromise the vehicles handling
- Under inflated tyres create more rolling resistance which negatively effects fuel economy
- Incorrect tyre pressures can cause uneven tread wear and misalignment
Always look for visible damage to your tyres, such as foreign bodies in the tread blocks, (glass, screws or nails) which commonly become embedded in the tyre and side wall damage such as cuts, lumps or bulges. All of these types of damage can lead to a sudden blow out which poses a dangerous threat to your safety as well as your passengers and other road users. In order to prevent this, try and avoid:
- Foreign objects
- Emergency braking