UK law requires that your vehicle is fitted with the correct type and size of tyre for the vehicle you are driving and for the purpose it is being used. This means that you are responsible for not only fitting the right tyres but also ensuring that they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.

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.

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.

There are serious consequences of driving with damaged or worn tyres: –

  • You invalidate your vehicle insurance policy
  • Your vehicle will fail it’s MOT
  • You could be issued with a fixed penalty notice for each tyre that is defective
  • You could receive penalty points on your driving licence for each tyre that is defective
  • You could have heavy fines imposed upon you for each tyre that is defective
  • You could be disqualified from driving

We stock all major brands of Tyres so can be certain to find one that meets with your requirements and finances, budget, mid and premium ranges all catered for and we guarantee to beat any like for like quote locally.

 

tyre-diagram

To find out what tyres you require for your vehicle, look at the sidewall of your current tyres, as shown above and make a note of the long reference number which will be in the format:-

  • Width: numbers
  • Profile: numbers
  • Rim Size: letter and numbers
  • Load Rating: numbers and letter
  • Speed Rating: letters
  • I.E. 205/50 R17 93W XL

Did you know, 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?

Tyre Depths

Although 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, for safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres well before this limit is reached. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3 millimetres.

To keep an eye on your tyre depths at home all you need is a 20p coin and your eyes …

  • Visually inspect your tyres, and find the lowest tread depth and insert your 20p coin into the tread. If you can see the outer rim around the edge of your coin, then your tyres are below 3mm and should be checked by an expert to verify their actual depth and you should look to change them as soon as possible.
  • Remember, visually look around your tyre to find the lowest depth tread and check several points on your tyre as wear on the treads is not consistent across the entire tyre.

Tyre depths have a serious effect on your braking distances and 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.

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External Damage

Impact with the kerb, potholes or debris encountered in the road can result in external damage to your tyres as can emergency braking, and if left unchecked can result in your tyre being compromised and possible tyre failure.

Carrying out regular visual checks on your tyres can identify any cuts, lumps, bumps or random tread wear, and it is recommended that if your vehicle has had any sort of impact no matter how insignificant with the kerb, a pothole or anything else, that you have them checked by an expert.

Tyre Pressures

Keeping the tyre pressures correct is very important for the overall safety of your vehicle.

If your tyres are under inflated:-

  • Overheating can occur
  • Increased wear and tear can occur reducing the lifespan
  • Increased rolling resistance can occur resulting in the use of more fuel
  • Your fuel efficiency decreases
  • Your vehicle emits higher CO2 emissions

If your tyres are under inflated:-

  • Poor vehicle handling can occur
  • Increased wear and tear can occur reducing the lifespan
  • Your fuel efficiency decreases
  • Your vehicle emits higher CO2 emissions

Tyre Pressure Measurement Convertor

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Today’s modern suspensions require a precise four-wheel alignment that can only be achieved through modern Computerized Alignment Systems. These Systems not only check the wheel alignment, but also confirm that all suspension & steering settings (steering geometry) are correct, for each Manufacturers specification.

This is extremely important to ensure optimum handling and braking, whilst maximizing tyre life and fuel economy, at the same time maintaining the safety of the vehicle and its occupants.

With today’s modern motoring, impact with kerbs, potholes, (even speed bumps) and road debris could compromise any of the numerous settings in the vehicle’s geometry, to such an extent that it may not be noticeable under normal driving conditions.

Alloy wheels are a key element of the aesthetics of your vehicle and they are not a cheap option, so keeping them looking as good as new is an important part of your car care.

It is so easy to scratch, chip or scuff your alloy wheels whilst driving, no matter how good a driver you are, but any damage you have had to your alloy wheels does not necessarily mean you need to replace them, in most cases, they can be repaired and refurbished at a fraction of the cost that buying new ones would be.

Costs of repair can differ dependent on the actual damage the alloy has sustained and the type and size of the actual alloy, and some of the more severe damage may not be able to be repaired so an assessment by one of our expert team will need to be carried out before we can advise you on your options.

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