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Tyre Tips

Looking After Your Rubber Doesn't Have to Be Tiresome

Ok, we admit, keeping your tyres in tip-top condition is never going to be high on your list of fun things to do. But it is important. After all, you might just have to call on them one day to save your life. So, at every Centre you'll find an expert trained team who you can rely on to sort everything out as quickly and effortlessly (on your part) as possible. So you can get back to other stuff that's far more interesting. And remember, use our online service and you could save even more time by booking your fitting in advance. We fit most leading tyre brands. And make a point of showing you exactly what's wrong (or right) with your existing ones. So you can be absolutely, sure we aren't changing anything that doesn't need changing.

The law

UK law insists your car must be fitted with the correct tyre for the vehicle you own - and that they are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressures. The tread depth must be a minimum of 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre. The worse your tyres are, the more at risk you could be from them failing you at a crucial moment and either causing or contributing to an accident. Obviously we desperately want to help you avoid this situation, but we also want to save you money and points on your licence too. Remember - for each illegal tyre you're discovered to have you could be fined up to £2,500 and have up to 3 penalty points put on your licence. Your insurance is also invalid if you have an accident when driving on illegal tyres.

So what's the best way to look after your tyres?

The better you look after you tyres, the better they'll look after you. So we recommend you check them on a weekly basis for tread condition, pressure and any signs of irregular wear. (See below for tips on this.) And please try to avoid potholes or hitting kerbs, as these can weaken them on the inside - without showing signs on the outside.

How to tell when your tyres need changing

One of the most obvious signs is your car's performance starting to go downhill - it doesn't handle as well as it used to in poor weather or it takes longer to stop when you brake. If you're in any doubt about the safety or condition of your tyres, don't risk it. Ask us to inspect them.

Tread carefully

We recommend you check your tyres on a weekly basis or before any long journey. Tyre performance and, in particular braking in the wet, deteriorates dramatically when the tread becomes less than 2mm. Worn tyre reduces the effectiveness of braking, steering, and acceleration, all of which are vital in staying safe. As well as the tread, check the inner and outer sides of your tyres for any bulges, cuts or cracks (which can be a sign of ageing).

Don't put yourself under pressure

Driving on under or over inflated tyres will reduce your vehicle's handling, possibly making it unstable. To be safe you should check the pressures regularly. To find out what pressure your tyres should be at please refer to your Vehicle Manual. Correct tyre pressure can help extend the life of your tyre, improve your safety and keep up fuel efficiency. Don't forget - tyres can be under inflated without looking flat. Oh, and just giving them a kick won't tell you anything either.

Check regularly for irregular wear

If your tyre isn't worn evenly worn across its surface it could be due to over or under inflation. If it's only worn on one edge it could be a result of poor wheel alignment. If this is the case you need to have an expert, like us, to check it on one of our specialist machines. Don't worry, it won't take too long, or cost anywhere near as much as you might think.

Don't spare the spare

Even if you never use your spare it's vital that you make sure it's in good nick. It's better to discover any problems in the comfort of your drive or garage than stuck on the hard shoulder, at night, in the rain. It's also an offence to fit a spare that's not roadworthy.