It is important to take care of your tyres to ensure your safety and that of other road users. There are a few simple checks that you should carry out regularly to ensure that your tyres are safe and meet the legal requirements.
your tyre wear and tread depth regularly will make sure that you are safe on
the roads. We recommend checking for wear at least once a month and before all
long journeys. The legal limit for tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm. You can check
this yourself with the 20p test. Place the coin in the main grooves of the
tyre, if the outer rim is visible then the tyre is close to the legal limit and
will need replacing soon. To prolong the life of your tyres, we recommend
rotating your tyres as long as they are all the same size. If you have a front
wheel drive car, your front tyres will wear out more quickly. To make the wear
more even across your tyres, we recommend rotating them every 10,000 miles.
Checking for tyre wear can also be done easily at home. If you run your hand over the surface of the tyre and it doesn’t feel smooth, you either have a problem with your alignment or incorrect tyre pressures.
If you notice uneven wear on your tyres and suspect that your wheels aren’t aligned correctly, you can book a free alignment check online.
Another simple check that you can carry out to ensure that your tyres are safe is checking your tyre pressures. You can do this either with your own pressure gauge or at your local petrol station or Tyre Pros centre. Don’t forget to check your spare too just in case you need to use it. If you’re unsure about what pressure your tyres should be inflated to, you can find these in the manufacturer’s handbook or on the inside of the driver’s door.
Problems with under and over inflation
Both under and over inflated tyres cause safety issues. Under inflated tyres can overheat and create more rolling resistance which has a negative impact on fuel economy. Over inflated tyres also compromise on the vehicle’s handling. Both over and under inflated tyres can lead to misalignment and uneven tread wear.
Spotting signs of visual damage early on can ensure that the damage doesn’t worsen. We recommend that you check for objects that may have become embedded in the tyre’s tread such as nails or screws. You should also check for signs of side wall damage such as lumps, bulges or cuts. Visual damage can lead to a tyre blowout so it is important to spot it early. Causes of tyre damage include:
- Foreign objects
- Emergency braking
Talk To The Tyre Pros
“Looking after your tyres is important for your safety and ensuring that your tyres last. We recommend completing these checks at least once a month and before any long journeys. If you have any concerns about your tyres, we are here to help!”