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Tyre Safety Tips

Look after your tyres and your tyres will look after you!
Tyre safety is so important but yet so often overlooked. Just think that the total surface area of your tyres in contact with the road at any time is not that much larger than the surface of your hand – reason enough to make sure your tyres are in the best condition they can be!

Convinced already? Check our online tyre selector to buy your new tyres today.

There are a whole host of safety reasons to ensure you keep your tyres in the best possible condition you can – but they can also save you money if you look after them correctly. Perhaps even choosing the Energy Saver tyres from our friends at Michelin could save you a tank of fuel each year (depending on your mileage!) – at the current fuel prices this is a saving worth bearing in mind when choosing your tyres…

Remember to check your tyres regularly & especially and after long journeys. The things to watch out for are below – along with helpful videos from Continental who are behind the Tyres for Life safety campaign.

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Tyre Pressures

Your owners manual will show you what the correct tyre pressures should be for your car (and some helpful petrol stations even have tables of the most common types of car brand & the tyre pressures you should be using). These vary by car manufacturer & commonly you will need different pressures on the front and rear of your car. Check them & make sure they are right.

You can get car tyre pressure gauges to check your tyre pressures, some cars have electronic devices that check the pressures for you but there’s no substitute for a trip along to the compressed air pump at your local petrol station to be 100% sure – use a digital one if possible.

Incorrect tyre pressures can be both dangerous & costly. They can increase fuel consumption & tyre wear – meaning your trips to the fuel pump are more frequent and you need to replace your tyres more often. Don’t get us wrong, we love people buying tyres from us but there’s no point in replacing them more frequently than you need.

 

Tyre Tread Depth

The UK legal limit for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm – we, along with many tyre manufacturers, recommend that you consider changing your tyres before they become this close to the legal limit. The tyre tread depth has a huge bearing on your stopping distances – the difference between a tread depth of 3mm & 1.6mm is scary to say the least – especially in poor weather conditions.

You can face points on your licence and a fine if you do not adhere to the minimum requirements. To be honest, we’re more concerned about the safety implications of low tread depth – and you should be too.

You can check your tyre tread depth with a 20 pence piece, if you can see the inner ring then your tread depth is getting to around 3mm & you should think about getting your tyres changed soon.

 

Visible Condition Of The Tyre

It’s always worth a look around your tyres to check for any wear and tear. If the side walls of your tyres are damaged in any way at all you should get them replaced immediately – side wall damage can lead to spontaneous blow-outs which are something to be avoided at all costs.

You can also sometimes find objects, such as nails, in your tyres without the tyre currently deflating. This is common but again you should seek advice on getting your tyres repaired or replaced immediately before the tyre is damaged any further. Please feel free to give us a call for advice on any aspects of tyre safety on 0800 970 9867.

Make sure there are no lumps, scars or cuts in the tyre. If your tyre has any of these you should have it inspected immediately as the tyres could have internal damage. Give us a call to find out how we can help you with tyre inspection, repairs or replacement on 0800 970 9867.

Don’t Forget the Spare!
You will be in real trouble if this is in poor condition when you need it. If you have to use your spare make sure you get your regular tyre replaced as soon as possible. If you have a space saving spare you should get your tyre replaced at the earliest opportunity – our Mobile Fitting team are here to help and we can fit tyres pretty much anywhere. Use our online tyre selector or give us a call. Remember to never exceed to published speed limit for a space saving spare tyre.

 

Speak to the Experts

We’re in the tyre business because we love tyres, that sounds a bit sad but it’s true. Everyone who works at Tyre Medics loves to have a chat about the right tyres, share some amusing stories about fitting tyres at the side of the road & generally make sure everyone’s motoring is as safe as possible.

Give us a call on 0800 970 9867 or drop us an email if you want any advice on tyres!