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tyre fitting

Tyres have between 6-8mm when new and as the tread depth decreases so to does the performance of the tyre, especially in wet conditions. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm – If you are found with tyres below this then you will incur 3 penalty points on your licence per tyre found to be under the minimum depth.

It is also important to check the sidewall of the tyre as this can be damaged and make your tyre unsafe.

If you are concerned about the condition of your tyres please get in touch and we will be happy to carry out a tyre condition inspection free of charge.

frequently asked questions

It is worthwhile investing in a tyre depth gauge. Your tyre should be checked across the entire face of the tyre and at different points around the tyre.

When inspecting the sidewall of the tyre be sure to check both the outside and inside tyre walls. Inspect the tyre for gouges and also perishing of the rubber, which will look like small cracks.

Tyre wear will vary greatly dependent on driving style. Steady braking, cornering and acceleration will greatly increase the life of your tyres.

Another factor that can affect tyre lifespan is incorrect wheel alignment. This can cause uneven wear on one side of the tyre. The 1.6mm minimum tread depth is required on all parts of the tyre.

It is important to regularly check and adjust your tyre pressures. The required tyre pressue for your vehicle is usually found in your owners manual and also on the driver side inner door frame and varies depending on the load you are carrying.

The tyre size is displayed on the sidewall of the tyre. The format is something along the lines of:

235/45R17 107V

If you are unsure please do get in touch and we will be happy to help.