Tyre Information: Tyre Shopper’s Five Top Tips
- Check your tyre pressure You’ll find them inside your car’s driver’s manual. Check the pressure with a tyre gauge when the tyre is cold, as even a short journey can warm up tyres and raise the pressure.
- Check for damage Give your tyres a close inspection for cuts and cracks, which can lead to slow punctures or cause the steel wires in the tyre to rust.
- Check your tread Less tread means less grip. The minimum legal depth is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tread width and around the entire circumference of the tyre.
- Take extra caution in wet conditions You are twice as likely to have an accident in wet weather as in the dry. The stopping distance of a tyre with 1.6mm of tread is double that of a new tyre with 8mm.
- Don’t overload your car Overloading has the same effect on tyres as under-inflation, causing premature tread wear and in extreme cases, a sudden blowout.
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