Legal Tyre Tread
It's the tread on your tyres that give you traction on the road, when your tread is insufficient, this can lead to increased stopping distances and poor road traction. As the legal limit is 1.6mm, across 75% of the tyre, your tread should always be above this level. We always recommend tyre tread to be above 3mm for greater traction and better vehicle economy.
Through utilising a free tyre check or our #HandsOnHelp tips you can find out whether your tread is too low:
Check tyre pressures manually
Whilst a lot of modern cars have Tyre Pressure Measurement Systems, it is still beneficial to check this manually regularly to make sure your tyres are at the most efficient level for better fuel economy, braking distances, and overall safety. Make sure to check your pressure by watching our #HandsOnHelp video or following our points below:
Correct Tyre Pressures
Having your tyres inflated to the correct level is vital to keep your car safe and make sure it is as economical as it can be. If your tyres are under inflated, there is a greater proportion of the tyre tread touching against the surface of the road, increasing friction which can have a detrimental effect on vehicle handling, cause deterioration and wear the tread of your tyres. Over infalted tyres can also lead to earlier tyre replacement or damage alloy wheels.You can find the recommended tyre inflation pressures in your vehicle handbook. The pressure of your tyres should be checked every two weeks when the tyre is cold.
You can check the tyre pressure at any petrol station and inflating your tyres is straightforward. This can be completed by watching our #HandsOnHelp video or following our points below:
Change your tyres if they are damaged
This is something best carried out by a garage with the correct equipment to change a tyre safely, but sometimes accidents do happen and it can call for replacing a tyre that may have been punctured or damaged beyond its legal use. The #HandsOnHelp guide will instruct you on the best way to change your tyre if you are in this predicament:
Making sure your tyres are road safe is not only great to keep you safe and legal on the roads this winter, it can also achieve better fuel economy. So don't get caught out this winter, if you are unsure of the health of your tyres, book yourself in for a free vehicle health check at your nearest Evans Halshaw.