YOUR TYRES ?
When you think that your tyres are the only point of contact your vehicle has with the road you can appreciate why it is vitally important that you select the right tyre type for the vehicle you are driving and for the purpose it is being used.
A decrease in tyre tread depth leads to the deterioration of the tyre's performance during cornering and braking, which means the tyre is unable to transmit traction and braking forces to the road as effectively. Driving with worn or damaged tyres could cost you £2,500 and 3 penalty points.
What are the Different tyre types
■ Winter Tyres
■ Summer Tyres
■ All Season Tyres
This type of tyre is most suitable for when the weather conditions create snow and ice on the roads. The widened and deeper grooves within the tread creates greater traction, improves braking and also provides more grip, ideal for tackling Winter conditions. The main focus of this type of tyre is centred towards improved braking in icy conditions. You should use winter tyres, as the rubber used in summer tyres loses its usability, i.e. flexibility and traction, in temperatures below 7°C.
The summer tyre is the most practical option when driving on both wet and dry roads. The tread on this type of tyre takes the form of a simple block pattern, meaning the tyre has the maximum grip possible through optimising friction with the road surface.
All Season Tyres
These multi-purpose tyres are designed to save having changing your tyres to suit the season. The tyre pattern tends to be more complex than the summer tyre, as it incorporates elements of the winter tyre. The all-season tire has more sipes running throughout the tread, which in-turn gives maximum driving performance through all seasons. In area's where snow is often and temperatures are usually low, winter tyres would be both a safer and more practical option.
Tyre Pressure levels are crucial to both the longevity of your tyres and your personal safety. Incorrect tyre pressure can subject your vehicle to increased braking distances and less grip on the road. The chances of damaging your wheels are also increased if the tyre pressure is incorrect.
Under-inflated tyres affect handling and grip, which is more likely to cause unpredictable vehicle behaviour. The risk of suffering a blow-out is also increased, especially dangerous on high-speed motorway journeys.
Correctly inflated tyres will keep your running costs down, increase your vehicle and tyre performance and ensure your tyres last longer.
Over-inflated tyres can potentially wear unevenly which again can lead to early tyre replacement. In running on over-inflated tyres, your vehicles tyres are more prone to damage when driving over potholes or uneven road surfaces.
To take advantage of increased safety, pro-longed tyre life and reduced costs...we recommend you check your tyre's pressure at least once a month.
Why not come in for a free tyre pressure & tread depth check
This service offers a free of charge check to maintain tyre quality and safety.
expert assessment from our trained technicians
advice on estimated remaining life of your tyres
For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3 millimetres. At 1.6 millimetres in wet weather it takes an extra car length (8 metres) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres.
The Tyre Law
When tyres become worn or damaged they must be replaced. The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. There must be no damage to the tyre body - sidewalls or tread, no bulges or cuts. Information on tyre types and when to change can cause confusion. As with the unpredictable weather we get, there often isn't a set point to change tyres, so the time to change will vary year on year. We aim to help you make this decision, providing you with the relevant information for you to be able to make the right decision.