16th December, 2019

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When it comes to tyres, they are the most important part of the car to help you stay on the road. Choosing the wrong tyres for your vehicle could put both yourself and other road users in danger. When the time comes to change your tyres, pick high quality ones and you will be confident in all weathers.

Over time the tyres on your car will begin to wear out. They will also suffer damage from small bumps and scrapes such as hitting curbs and potholes or while parking. If you do manage to hit any pot holes or curbs then it’s important to stop and check your tyres for any visible damage. If you happen to notice that there are any cuts in your tyres or chunks missing from them, then it’s probably worth getting them checked at a trusted garage as a precaution.

Check Tread Depth

Every now and then you will also need to check the tread depth of your tyres. If this depth falls below 1.6mm then the tyres will need changing as the tread depth has fallen below the UK legal limit. Ideally you should think about changing your tyres when the tread depth reaches 2mm. Low tread on tyres will affect the braking distance of your car. It will also affect the grip in wet weather, which can increase the chance of aquaplaning. If you corner too quickly on very worn tyres, your car can skid out of control. In addition to checking the tread depth of your tyres, also check the tyre pressure. Keeping your tyres inflated to the correct recommended pressures will ensure that the rolling resistance is reduced. It will also help to prevent premature wear.

In addition to picking good quality tyres you will also want to make sure that they tyres you choose are the best choice for your particular vehicle. Electric vehicles are considerable heavier than cars that run on petrol and diesel. Electric vehicles also have far higher torque levels, so they need a very low rolling resistance in order to increase their range as much as possible between charges. So if you have an electric vehicle or hybrid then be sure to check for special requirements prior to replacing the tyres.

 

Winter Tyres

The changing weather also means that you should consider changing your tyres. As the colder weather sets in, you will probably benefit from the added grip that winter tyres will bring. Winter tyres are a much-debated item here in the UK where we rarely get snow. If you intend to go down the winter tyre route then you have a couple of options. The first is to get a set of winter tyres that you only use during the winter months, and then swap these for all-season tyres for the rest of the year. Alternatively, you can invest in a set of all-weather tyres which should give you the best of both worlds by giving you confidence in the colder months, but being able to keep the same set of tyres on your car throughout the year.

Car maintenance , Tyres

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