Tyres…keeping your car in contact with the road!
Tyres are probably one of the last things you think about when you get behind the wheel. The contact patch is about the size of the palm of your hand, so it is essential that your tyres are always in good condition.
Indeed worn tyres significantly impede the performance of your car – low tread depths reduce the effectiveness of braking, steering, and acceleration, all of which are vital to staying safe on the road.
You are not insured when driving with illegal tyres – A defective tyre could lead to a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence.
What to look out for?
- The condition of tyres, including inner and outer sidewalls. Tyres should be free of any stones and fitted with a dirt-free valve cap.
- By law, tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth in a continuous band.
- Check tyre pressure regularly. An incorrect level of air can cause steering, accelerating, breaking difficulties and significantly shorten the lifespan of the tyre. The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle will be noted in your Vehicle Manual.
- Check signs for irregular wear. If your tyre is evenly worn across the surface, then this could be a sign of over/under inflation. If it is only worn on one edge it is likely to be the result of poor wheel alignment.
- Check and examine your spare tyre.