Welcome to our Frequently Asked Tyre Questions page
Q . How often should I check my tyres?
A. Tyres should be checked at least once a month and before any long journeys. The checks should include air pressure, overall condition and tread depth.
- What is the minimum legal tread depth and why should you not exceed it?
- Current UK law requires car, van and LCV drivers to have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three- quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. Take a look at our tyresafe page which has a handy video to show you how to check your tread depth, it takes seconds and you only need a 20 pence piece to do it!
- What are the fines for driving with illegal tyres?
- Drivers who fail to comply with the regulations face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
- Why is tread depth important?
- Adequate tread depth is essential for good grip on wet roads as the tread pattern helps to remove water from between the tyre and road surface. Drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning. See for yourself in the video below:
- Why is tyre pressure important?
- To stay safe on the road your car needs to have the correct tyre pressure. If the tyres are under of over inflated then handling and grip will worsen, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable car behaviours. Tyres with insufficient are air lso more likely to suffer from sudden rapid deflation and will suffer premature wear on the outside edges of the tyre. The wheel rim and tyre will be more susceptible to impact damage.Over-inflation results in less comfortable ride, a reduced are of contact with the road giving less grip and accelerated wear on the tread centre. See our tyre pressure page for more information.
- Where can I find the correct tyre pressure?
- The vehicle manufacturers’ handbook contains this information, as well as it being available inside the fuel filler cap.
- What causes irregular wear?
- Repeated scuffing of tyres against kerbs, misaligned steering, aggressive driving, over/under inflation of the tyre, works suspension parts. There are many variables that there is no single answer.
- Do I need all new tyres at the same time?
- It’s better to fit all four tyres at the same time but if that is not possible then fitting two tyres at a time, and as a pair to get the best handling and grip on each axle is the next best option. As a last resort, then a single tyre can be replace. Please give us a call if you so we can advise what your circumstance requires.
- What is tyre labelling and what does it mean?
- Please click here to view our tyre labelling info page.
Remember we offer a free tyre and safety inspection, come and see us so we can help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
See the latest Highways England's vehicle check campaign below: