Tyre Care

Most tyre manufacturers and suppliers recommend that you check your tyres at least once a month. There are three key reasons why you should take care of your tyres:

  1. To maximise your safety and that of your passengers and other drivers
  2. To make them last longer and save you money
  3. To ensure that they meet legal requirements

If you are unsure about your tyres pop in and get a FREE tyre safety check from our tyre experts today today! Our team will ensure that you drive with peace of mind that your tyres are safe and legal.

How to check your tyres

Tyre Pressure

Correctly inflated tyres lead to better road handling, great fuel efficiency and longer lasting tyres. To check if your tyre is over or under inflated, use a tyre pressure gauge, as you can't tell just by looking.

Each car tyre pressure is different, so check your handbook for the recommended level for your vehicle. Always check the pressure when the tyres are cold and never immediately following use.

Tyre Depth

The legal limit for tread depth is 1.6mm above the base of the groove across 75% of the tyre. Most tyres have ‘tread wear indicators’, which are small raised ridges in the main grooves. When the tread depth is level with the tread wear indicator, the tyre needs changing.

8mm Your tyre is 0% worn Tyre in good condition
7mm Your tyre is 15% worn Tyre in good condition
6mm Your tyre is 31% worn Tyre in good condition
5mm Your tyre is 47% worn Inspect regularly
4mm Your tyre is 62% worn Inspect regularly
3mm Your tyre is 78% worn Inspect regularly
2mm Your tyre is 94% worn Replacement recommended
1.6mm Your tyre is 100% worn Legal limit
< 1.6mm   Your tyre is illegal

Tread depth is a legal requirement that carries a maximum fine of £2,500, with possible disqualification and a compulsory driving licence endorsement of 3 penalty points.

Wheel balancing

If you're experiencing excessive vibration through the steering wheel, your tyres may be unbalanced. As well as being uncomfortable, this can also cause serious mechanical damage to your vehicle. This should be checked and rebalanced as soon as possible by a professional garage.

General Visual Inspection

In addition to the above, you should also visually check the condition of your tyres. Cuts, splits, bulges or lumps as well as cracking are all signs of deterioration or damage. If your tyre looks like it is wearing unevenly it may have a tracking or wheel alignment problem.

If you see any of these problems, or have any concerns, contact Tyrewise for advice.

Tyre Wear

Spare tyre

It's often forgotten, but the spare tyre is one of the most important parts on your car. Make sure you check the condition and pressure of your spare tyre once every six months or when going on a long journey.

Remember, if you have a spare tyre in your vehicle, it must conform to legal requirements.