Tyres are a critical safety device on your car. They keep you on the road. If your tyres are not maintained, it could well lead to an accident. Keep your tyres in optimum condition by following this guide:
- Check your tyre pressures at least twice a month and always before setting off on a long journey. Check your spare at the same time - a flat or worn spare is useless when you need it most.
- Make sure they're as close to the manufacturer specifications as possible. Under-inflation will stress the side-walls of your tyres and cause a poorer handling and less economic journey, while over-inflation will stress the entire structure of the tyre and give you less contact grip with the road.
- Check your tread depth. By law, there must be at least 1.6mm of tread across the central 3/4 of the tyre circumference.
- Keep your tread free of stones and other debris by giving them a clean on a regular basis.
- Check for tyre damage. Even without heavy use, as your tyres age, the rubber becomes more susceptible to cracking and withering. It's vital you keep an eye out for cracks and distortions as these are preliminary indicators that a tyre may be about to fail.
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All tyres on sale in the UK will meet strict safety standards, however a better quality tyre will last more miles and give you a better driving experience.
In summer, budget tyres will perform as well as premium tyres, however they will normally only last for 7,000 to 8,000 miles and will not perform as well in wet or wintry conditions. We usually recommend going for a mid-range or premium tyres when possible.
The brands may not be quite as well known as the premium brands, but you still get a sense of the technology which has gone into their development. Mid-range can provide great value for money and depending on the type of driving that you do they can also prove to have a long life span.
Thanks to the high quality construction and materials used in manufacturing, premium tyres will generally last for 15,000 to 20,000 miles under normal usage. Heavy investment in research, design and technology means that premium tyres benefit from improved stopping distances, fuel economy, grip (especially in wet conditions) and lower noise levels.
Where do I find my tyre size?
You are looking for a set of numbers, as shown in the example below going around the edge of your tyre. Some vehicles have different sizes on the front to the rear.
Once you know the size of your tyres call our team on 01954 251012 and they can give you a fixed quote for the tyres you wish to have.