How Can You Look After Your Tyres?

It is important to take care of your tyres and to check them regularly. We recommend inspecting your Ellesmere Port tyres every fortnight.

Tyre pressures

There are three reasons why tyre pressure is important:

Safety. A tyre that is under-inflated can overheat; an over inflated tyre lead to poor vehicle handling.

Economy. An over or under inflated tyre will have a smaller contact patch with the road and so they suffer from uneven tread wear. Your tyre tread wears more quickly due to the smaller contact patch, and so your tyres need to be replaced more regularly.

Fuel efficiency. This equates to lower CO2 emissions and reduces the environmental impact of your car.

The correct tyre pressures for your car are listed in the vehicle handbook and are often printed in the sill of the driver’s door or on the inside of the fuel filler flap.

Tyre Tread Depth

When you use the brakes, your car relies on the tread on your tyres to grip the road as it comes to a stop. Braking distances increase as tyre tread wears, so it’s important to check them regularly to ensure you have adequate tread left on your tyres. We recommend that your vehicle tyre is replaced when the tread depth gets down to 3mm. The legal minimum tread depth in the United Kingdom is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around the full circumference.

If you do not replace your tyres before they reach the minimum limit you can get a fine and three penalty points on your licence – per tyre. Check the tread depth in at least three locations around of the tyre in case there is uneven tread wear.

External Damage

Tyre damage can be caused by impact between the tyre and a kerb, pothole or another object. This sort of damage can result in sudden tyre failure so have it checked if you see any damage at all.

We suggest you have your Ellesmere Port tyres checked if your vehicle has been involved in an emergency manoeuvre such as sudden, heavy braking. Emergency braking can leave your vehicle tyre with a ‘flat spot’.

Car Clinic MOT Centre

For a free Ellesmere Port tyres quote, Ellesmere Port MOT or an Ellesmere Port car repairs quote, just give us a call or pop in.