Five Tips For Tyre Safety

Here at Richard Lawson Autoecosse Mitsubishi, we have all the tyre knowledge and wisdom you need to help keep you safe on the road. Below are our 5 Top Tips for tyre safety, however, if you would like an expert opinion on the current state of your tyres, why not pop in to our Dundee or Perth Dealerships. One of our experienced technicians will be more than happy to give your tyres an expert inspection, and provide you with all the information you need to keep you safe on the road.

After inspection, should you find that your tyres are needing to be replaced, we would be more than happy to help. We carry a large range of tyres from Budget to Premium, if your required tyre isn’t currently in stock, we can have them delivered and fitted within 24 hours.

We recognise that replacing a set of tyres on your car can not only prove expensive but often as luck would have it also happens at an inconvenient time. We are happy to offer our customers flexible payment plans on our interest-free tyre packages.

1: Buy The Best Tyre You Can:​​

Why? Because high-quality tyres can save lives and potentially save you money. Premium tyres are known to last significantly longer than budget tyres and they may help your vehicle consume less fuel.

In the UK the legal minimum tread depth for cars is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around its entire outer circumference.

Tyre tread grooves help to remove water in wet weather from the contact area between your tyres and the road surface meaning your vehicle can brake, steer and accelerate properly.

If there is not adequate tread depth your tyres may not perform properly in wet conditions, reducing your safety on the road. Therefore, it is advisable that you consider replacing your tyres well before they reach the legal minimum.

Furthermore, drivers whose tyres fail to comply with the legal minimum tread requirements risk being fined up to £2,500 and three penalty points on their license for each illegal tyre.

A quick and easy way for you to test your tyre tread, and to see if exceeds the minimum legal tread depth is to take the 20p test.

Take a 20p coin and place it into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is hidden when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit. However, if the outer band of the coin is visible, then your tyres may not be legal and not road worthy and should be checked straightaway by a qualified tyre professional.

When you are doing this test, remember to check at least three areas around each tyre. This is a quick and easy test, and to ensure your safety check your tyres at least once a month.

2. Maintenance:​

We often forget tyres are not a ‘fit and forget’ item: with some basic maintenance it will make a massive difference. Basically, a tyre is a bag full of air, and it is this air that carries the weight of your vehicle, not the actual tyre. Therefore, it is essential we ensure we have the correct tyre pressures, enabling the tyre to be the correct shape for the best contact surface area with the road

Regularly check your tyres for damage you should look out for cuts in the tyre. If the metal cords have been exposed, then the tyre is unsafe and must be replaced immediately. If you see any unexpected bulges in the tyre, they should be checked by a tyre expert.

Check for irregular wear on the tyre tread. If your tyres are suffering from irregular wear you won’t be getting full value from your investment, and they may be wearing dangerously low on an area of the tyre’s surface you are unable to see. Turn the front wheels onto full lock to ensure you get a view of the whole circumference tread; for the rear, you will need to crouch down below the rear bumper.

Be aware when you run your hand over the tread blindly, metal cords may have become exposed and they could cause injury, so please be careful.

3. Understand how your tyres work:​​

​Tyres have a limit of grip over which they won’t grip any more. So, if they reach this stage, try and give them only one task: if you are emergency braking, keep the vehicle as straight as possible; if the car is under-steering, don’t apply any more power or steering lock, in fact, you should do the opposite.

4. Don’t go ‘into the mix’:​​

If you can try and run a matching set of all four tyres. If this is not possible, then at least ensure that you are using the same brand on each axle - it’ll maintain the balance of the vehicle.

5. Rotate your tyres as they wear:​​

​With a front-wheel-drive vehicle, when the front tyres are worn out, swap the rear set onto the front axle and replace the rear set. Repeat as necessary. This will ensure that you keep fresh rubber with decent tread on the rear axle even as the car ages.

So, there you go, our 5 Top Tips for your tyres. Remember, anytime you would like an expert to inspect your tyres for peace of mind, don’t hesitate to pop in and see us, we will be more than happy to help you out.

Or to enquire call us on Dundee 01382 477992 or Burrelton on 01828 921921.