Choosing the wrong tyres can mean tyres that wear a lot quicker than usual and hefty fuel costs. Having the right tyres fitted to your vehicle is very important. Some vehicles as standard require different size front tyres to the rear. When getting a quote from us, make sure you check each of the tyres you wish to replace individually to ensure compatibility.
By law, a tyre must meet a number of legal requirements to be classed as roadworthy. Minimum tyre tread is the one most people are aware of – but it is important to understand there are other factors that may result in the tyre being classed as illegal. Tyre damage, incompatible tyres, fitting irregularity or lumps may also affect this. Failure to meet any of these legal requirements may result in the tyre being deemed illegal, and carry 3 penalty points and a £2,500 fine for each tyre.
Looking after your tyres
Check your tyres on a regular basis. Check the tread and inspect all areas of the tyre for any damage you may not have been aware of. Monitoring your tyre pressure and wheel alignment can also help increase the life of your tyre. Feel free to come along to Grove Road Tyres for a free pressure and condition check by one of our highly qualified staff.
Tyres subjected to hard acceleration and breaking and excessive load will naturally wear faster and need to be checked more regularly.
Regularly monitoring the pressure of your tyres is also vital if you want your car to be safe on the road. Your car’s handbook will tell you how much air you should have in your tyres. Every two weeks, and before long journeys, you should check the pressure of your car tyres (including the spare) to make sure they are not under- or over-inflated. If the pressure in your car tyres is too low, you’ll use more fuel and cause excessive wear to the edges of the car tyres, which will shorten their life. Putting too much air in your car tyres can cause unpredictable handling and accelerate tread wear across the centre of the tyre. However, if you’re carrying heavy loads, you’ll need to increase the air pressure in your car tyres to compensate. You can find the correct tyre pressures for heavy loads in your car’s handbook, and some cars will also display pressure information on the driver’s door pillar. Always remember to readjust your tyre pressures when you return to using your car as normal.
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