7 November 2017


Rain or shine, our cars are worked hard daily. With tyres as the only point of contact between your car and the road, they are worked even harder! Wear and tyre strain are inevitable eventually but frequent tyre checks can ensure that they last longer, keeping those trips to the garage uncommon and your bank balance intact! reported that there is £600 million wasted annually on fuel costs by British motorists driving with under-inflated tyres. More than a quarter of motorists are replacing their tyres when they have already passed the legal limit. This means that there could be 10million illegal tyres on the road.

Don't spend more on fuel than you need to, and don't let your family be one of those that is affected by the danger of unchecked tyres.

The has created a five-point tyre check that we've expanded on to give you the best tyre tips for keeping you and your family safe in your vehicle

1.            Check overall condition of tyres

  •              Inspect the tyres' sidewalls, inner and outer
  •              Search for nicks and bulges 

2.            Check all tyre pressures

  •              Driving without the correct tyre pressure hugely increases tyre wear, which shortens the lifespan of the tyres
  •              When tyres are over or under inflated the vehicles, handling will be seriously affected and could become unstable
  •              All cars will have the correct tyre pressure amount written into their handbook - so be sure  to check this before inflating
  •              Ensure that tyres are cool before checking - ideally leave them for one hour after driving  before testing


3.            Check tyre tread depth.

  •              The British legal limit for car tyre depth is 1.6mm, which is 75% of the tyre
  •              It's against the law to ignore this, with fines of up to £2,500 and the chance of three penalty points on your driving license
  •              To test tread depth, take a 20p and place it in-between the main grooves of the tyre. If you can see the outer band of the coin, the tyre depth is insufficient. At this point, it is advised that you have your tyres checked over by a qualified mechanic

4.            Check signs of irregular wear.

  •              It's important to analyse the shape of your tyres and check for wear frequently
  •              There are a variety of causes for worn tyres, including abnormal wheel alignment, suspension issues and internal tyre faults because of driving on underinflated or  overinflated tyres
  •              Wear can happen on the inner or outer edges of the tyre
  •              Feathered and cupped wear are also quite common and can be caused by out of balance tyres, bent steering arms, toe misalignment, worn tie rod ends or worn idler arms

5.            Check and examine the spare tyre.

  •              Even if you never use your spare tyre, it's vital to do regular checks to ensure it would be ready for use if you were to need it
  •              Check the tyre pressure and tread depth frequently

Perform all these checks and your car will be safe and ready to take on whatever a Northern Irish winter has to throw at it!

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