We are offering you free advice on checking your vehicle’s tyres to ensure they are not a danger to road safety.
Part worn tyres come from a variety of different places including scrap yards so you will never really know their past.
Tyres removed from vehicles are usually taken off for a reason, they may have hidden damage, which is only likely to be revealed when a car is driven. The reality is they pose a real road safety danger, are not fit for purpose and in fact offer poor value for money.
Checking your vehicle’s tyres, especially if you bought part worn ones, is vital as they could put drivers and passengers’ lives at risk.
We are providing you with free advice on how to check your tyres. You can also visit our outlet where our knowledgeable staff are on-hand to provide tips on preventing accidents and blow-outs from a part worn tyre.
Our top tips for checking tyres is to check the air pressure, tread depth and condition:
- The air pressure needs to be checked to avoid the tyre blowing out. Low pressure tyres will also have a reduced life and will cost more in fuel.
- Tread depth is important for improved grip and shorter stopping distances, particularly in the wet weather. European Union law requires a minimum of 1.6 millimetre (mm) of tread across three quarters of the width of the tyre. Although we recommend that drivers should consider changing a tyre at between 2.5mm and 3mm. Insufficient tread depth greatly increases stopping distances particularly in the wet. The penalty for having an illegal tyre could mean a £2,500 fine and three penalty points on a driver’s licence.
- Check for general tyre condition. Remove stones and other objects from tyre tread and clean dirt from around the valve and ensure valve caps are fitted. Foreign objects stuck in the tread can affect the braking and handling of a vehicle. Valve caps are designed to protect the valve from damage and prevent air loss.
- Check for tyre age. Tyres more than eight to 10-years-old should be replaced.
- Tyres of that age are more susceptible to punctures and are less flexible than new tyres and should be replaced even if they appear to have adequate tread depth.