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Posted:31 March 2017 | Category: Blog

How to check your tyres

Your tyres are the one component of your car that have contact with the road and over time they wear down and being to become less effective. It is important to ensure that the tread depth, tyre pressure and general condition are all up to the legal standard otherwise not only will it land you in trouble with the law but is also extremely unsafe. Here are our top tips to ensure you stay safe on the road.

Tyre Pressure

Lastly you need to make sure your tyres are inflated correctly. Under or overinflated tyres will affect the performance of your car and your stopping distances. Most petrol station forecourts have an air pump and your log book will tell you how inflated your tyres should be. Incorrectly inflated tyres will also wear the tread down quicker and inevitably cost you more money, so it’s worth checking these on a regular basis.

Tyre Tread

You’re legally required to change your tyres when the tread goes below 1.6mm, most garages will advise you get them changed once they go below 3mm. The more worn the tread gets the more unsafe your car is on the road. Worn tyre tread affects how your car grips and performs on the roads and also increases your stopping distance when braking.

The 20p Test is a quick and easy way to give you an indication of how your tyre tread is wearing down. Simply place a 20p coin in the centre of your tyre tread and if you can see the outer ring of the coin then it is time to head to your local garage to get them changed.

Cuts and Bulges

While checking the tyre tread you also want to make sure there aren’t any cuts or bulges in your tyres as these can cause your tyres to go flat and to even explode while you’re on the move. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or you’re unsure of what to look for, go and get them checked out.

Here at Sinclair Mercedes we offer a complimentary tyre check service, and then if needed we can then fit your car with new tyres to get you back on the road as soon as possible.