Do you know how to check your tyres to be safe in the wet weather?
The minimum legal limit for tyre tread depths is 1.6mm. The easiest way to check the tread depth is using the wear bars on the tyre, the central wear bars are the ones to go by as they are the one that gauge an MOT failure.
Why do we need to have a good tread depth on our tyres?
In the wet weather, the tyre tread depth helps remove water from the contact points between the road and the tyres. This enables the driver to brake, steer and accelerate effectively. It is recommended to replace your tyre before you get to the legal minimum of 1.6 as the stopping distance is highly affected.
Did you know that the stopping distance for a tyre at 1.6mm is a huge 39.5 Meters!?
It is important to keep a regular check on your tyre pressures. Under or Over inflated tyres can affect the handling and grip of the car. The correct tyre pressure for your car will be found in the car’s user manual. Ensuring you have the correct tyre pressure will help on fuel efficiency and life span of the tyre.
Choose NEW over Part-Worn. There are so many options when it comes to buying new tyres and they are easily accessible. It pays to buy new over part worn as you don’t know the history of that tyre. It may have been sat around for a long time and have cracks that you cannot see. It may have been repaired many times and could only last a couple of months before having to purchase another, therefore not being a cost-effective option.
If you are ever unsure about your tyres, pop in to Broadbridge Heath Garage and we will check them for free. We can get tyres in same day! Alternatively check out Blackcirles.com for some great deals.
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