- Check the tread depth: The legal minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm, but it is recommended to replace your tyres at 3mm. You can check the tread depth using a tread depth gauge, a 20p coin, or by looking for the Tread Wear Indicators (TWI) on the tyre sidewall. The TWI are small raised bars that are 1.6mm high. If the tread is flush with the TWI, it is time to replace your tyres. Illegal tyres carry the risk of a £2,500 fine and three penalty points per tyre should you get stopped by the police, potentially meaning a £10,000 fine and 12 penalty points on your driving license if all four tyres are found to be illegal.
- Check the sidewalls for damage: Look for cracks, bulges, or tears in the sidewalls. Any of these signs could indicate a problem with the tyre and it should be replaced.
- Check the tyre pressure regularly: Tyres should be inflated to the correct tyre pressure specified by your vehicle manufacturer, the details can be found in your vehicle handbook or owner's manual, inside the fuel filling cap door, or around the frame of the driver's door. Incorrect tyre pressure can also be hazardous whilst driving, underinflated tyres can cause poor handling and increased tyre wear, while overinflated tyres can be dangerous and make it more difficult to control your car in an emergency. If your vehicle is equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system, make sure that the system is working and the settings are correct for your tyres.
- Rotate your tyres: Rotating your tyres every 6,000 to 8,000 miles will help to even out the wear and improve the lifespan of your tyres.
- Inspect your tyres regularly: Make a habit of checking your tyres every time you fill up with fuel or take your car in for a service. This will help you to catch any problems early on and avoid a costly repair. Keep your tyres clean and free of dirt and debris, stones should be removed from tread grooves to prevent damage.
Tyre health is important for a number of reasons, including:
- Safety: Worn or damaged tyres can increase the chance of accidents, including skidding, the risk of aquaplaning, and blowouts.
- Fuel efficiency: Under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 10%. This is because the tyre has to work harder to grip the road, which uses more energy.
- Handling: Good tyres will help your car handle better, which can make it easier to control on wet roads or icy conditions. They will also give you more confidence when driving, especially at high speeds.
- Comfort: Worn tyres can make your car ride more harshly, which can be uncomfortable for passengers. They can also make noise, which can be annoying.
- The lifespan of your car: Tyres are a consumable item and will eventually need to be replaced. However, by taking care of your tyres, you can extend their lifespan and save money in the long run.
In addition to these tips, you should also be aware of the following factors that can affect the lifespan of your tyres:
- Driving style: Harsh acceleration and braking can cause excessive wear on your tyres.
- Load: Overloading your car can also put extra stress on your tyres and shorten their lifespan.
- Weather conditions: Driving in wet or icy conditions can put extra wear on your tyres.
- Age: Tyres have a shelf life of about 6-7 years, even if they are not used. After this time, the rubber will start to deteriorate and the tyre will no longer be safe to drive on.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your tyres are in good health and that you are driving safely. Need help with checking your tyres? Swing by Imperial Tyres and let us conduct a free tyre check for you. Give us a call on 01793 531990 to arrange your tyre health check today.