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Tyre safety and inspection

Tyres are often forgotten by motorists when it comes to car maintenance; yet as the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, it is imperative that they are inspected regularly by a qualified technician. General wear and tear, as well as many hazards your tyres face as you drive, can affect their condition and performance and eventually lead to safety risks if left for too long.

Tyre Pressure

There are three main reasons why checking your tyre pressure is important. Safety, fuel economy and the environment.

Tyre pressure is an important aspect of your tyres as it affects how your car drives and the fuel economy it can achieve. Under inflated tyres can overheat; and over inflated tyres can lead to poor vehicle handling on the road. Furthermore, under-inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance, which means more fuel is required to maintain the same speed and maintaining optimum fuel efficiency can equate to lower CO2 emissions.

It’s recommended that you check each tyre’s air pressure at least once per month. The easiest way to do this is through an accurate tyre pressure gauge. Check the manufacturer’s recommended PSI or BAR before you start so you know what number is required – this can be found in your vehicle handbook and often inside your door sill or fuel filler cap.

If you find that a tyre is under the recommended pressure, use an air-compressor to refill to the required PSI or BAR. Book an appointment at your local Listers Volkswagen centre if you aren't confident to do so and would like to this to be done professionally and free.

Tread Depth

The little grooves and ridges that run along the circumference of a tyre’s rubber are what make up a tyre tread. These grooves and ridges are essential to the performance of a tyre, as they offer grip to the road surface when accelerating, braking, or manoeuvring. As a tyre’s tread begins to decrease, so too does its performance – meaning the risk of greater stopping distances and reduced control of the vehicle. If left for too long, your tyres may reach a point where the level of tread (under 1.6mm) is illegal, so it’s important to check you tread depths regularly.

A tyre tread depth gauge is the most accurate method of checking your tyre’s tread and is a purpose-made tool that is used across our Listers workshops. Our workshop teams will happily test your tyre tread depth free-of-charge in order to provide an accurate reading.

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Condition

The condition of your tyres refers to any cracking, cuts, tears or bulges, which can all lead to tyre failure if not checked quickly. In addition, check for stones and nails in the tyres as these can compromise the safety of a tyre as well. If you notice any of these abnormalities, it’s important to act quickly and seek professional advice.

The condition of your tyres will deteriorate the longer they are on your wheels, so keep this in mind when checking over them. As a general rule, we recommend replacing your tyres after no more than 5-6 years, even if they have a healthy amount of tread left. This is because tyres become perished with age and are more at risk of failure. Our trained Volkswagen technicians are experts when it comes to tyres, and will be able to offer free, professional advice on the condition of your tyres if you have any concerns.

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