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Tyres and Wheel Alignment Tips

Why you should have them checked?

It is important to check your tyres on a regular basis as they are the only part of the car which has contact with the road. If your tyres are worn or inflated incorrectly, this can be dangerous and potentially cause an accident. A fine and points on your licence can also be given for worn tyres.

The facts about tyres

  • Having low tread and incorrectly inflated tyres can reduce the effectiveness of braking, steering and acceleration.
  • You face a fine of £2,500 for every illegal tyre you have and three penalty points on your driving licence.
  • When a tyre is below 2mm and driving in wet conditions, it can decrease the tyre's performance.
  • If you tyres are illegal you may not be insured.
  • In the UK, 12% of cars have at least one defect tyre and an additional 12% have at least one badly worn tyre below 2mm.
  • TyreSafe.org, 2009, a national survey showed that nearly 36% of vehicles tested had dangerously under inflated tyres.
  • Low tyre pressure can reduce your vehicles fuel economy, braking and handling performance leading to premature wear.

Wheel alignment

You may notice your tyres are unevenly worn across the surface and this could mean that the tyre has been over or under inflated. However, it is probably the result of incorrect wheel alignment caused by pot holes and kerb impact. By regularly checking your wheel alignment you are ensuring your tyres are not wearing prematurely.

The current British legal tread depth is 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre.

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