Millstream Motor Co. recommend that you check the condition of your Tyres regularly – at least once a month.
For tyre repairs / replacement call Millstream Motor Co on 01425 477822 or 01202 290990 or book your car in to the garage online now.
Tyres are the only parts of the car which are in contact with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on a relatively small area of road contact. It is therefore of paramount importance that tyres should be maintained in good condition at all times and that when the time comes to change them the correct replacements are fitted.
Why should you check your tyres?
Did you know that you are not insured when driving on illegal tyres? Worn tyres significantly impede the performance of your car. Do not forget that a worn tyre reduces the effectiveness of braking, steering, and acceleration, all of which are vital in staying safe. What are a few minutes put aside now to check your tyres, when you compare it to your own safety and that of your family and other road users?
What should you check?
The Tyre Industry Council have devised a five point tyre check:
- Check overall condition of tyres, including inner and outer sidewalls.
- Check tyre tread depth.
- Check all tyre pressures.
- Check signs of irregular wear, i.e. alignment.
- Check and examine the spare tyre.
Please contact Millstream Motor Co. on 01425 477822 or 01202 290990 for advice.
A tyre can be under inflated without looking flat. To be safe you should check the pressures once a fortnight. To find out what pressure your tyres should be at please refer to your Vehicle Manual. Remember that tyre pressures should only be checked when your tyres are cold. A good guideline is to leave them for an hour to cool down before checking. You must not drive on under or over inflated tyres. This will impede your vehicles handling, in cases making the vehicle unstable. The wrong tyre pressure will increase tyre wear.
Is your tyre evenly worn across the surface? If not then it could be due to over or under inflation. If it is only worn on one edge it could be a result of poor wheel alignment. If this is the case Millstream Motor Co. can check your tracking for you.
An unbalanced wheel does not just cause an annoying shake it can cause actual mechanical damage. MIllstream Motor Co. will automatically balance your wheele after replacing a tyre.
The legal limit for car tread depth is 1.6mm (across 75% of the tyre). However the deeper the tread the more grip you have. Millstream Motor Co. advise that you replace your tyres when the tread is less than 3mm. It is not safe to ignore the minimum tyre tread depth. It is also illegal, you could face a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre and may receive three penalty points on your licence.
It is essential that your spare tyre is also fully maintained as you don’t know when you might need it. Check the pressure, and the tyre treads periodically.