Tyre Safety Month – What’s Stopping You?

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It's Tyre Safety Month

When driving, it’s often easy to forget that your tyres are the only thing between you, your car and the road. It’s also easy to forget that ensuring your tyres are up to scratch is incredibly important, as healthy tyres are proven to significantly reduce the risks of a serious incident. In fact, a staggering one-in-five people have never checked the tread on their tyres, which rises to one-in-three young drivers.

For this year’s annual Tyre Safety Month, TyreSafe want to educate drivers on the importance and benefits of tyre safety, asking the question What’s Stopping You? This question is to remind drivers that tyres are essential for safe braking and cornering. So, What’s Stopping You?

Take a closer look at our tips for maintaining your tyres.

Tread

Tread depth

Did you know that it is illegal to have a tread depth lower than 1.6mm?

Having a tread depth lower than this is not only dangerous (as good tread depth equates to good grip on the roads); it is also illegal and could result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

The most accurate way to check your tread depth is to use a tyre tread depth gauge. It is a tool specifically designed for checking tread depth and is used in all Listers workshops. Our team will check your tread depth free of charge - please enquire when your vehicle comes in for a health check or service.

There are two other ways to check your tread depth, and these can be done yourself. One method is to use a tread wear indicator (TWI). By putting the probe into the centre of the tread, you can measure the tread depth. You can do this using a ruler, but it is not going to be as accurate. Your other option is to slot a 20p coin into the tyre. If you can see the coin face when the 20p is inserted, this could mean that the tread depth is too low.

Tyre damage

When checking your tread depth yourself, you should also take a look at the tyre itself to see if it has been damaged. Your tread depth may be uneven, which may be the result of a misaligned wheel.

Whilst measuring the tread, you may notice some cupping or scalloping. This could also indicate misalignment, or possibly other issues with the vehicle. In this event, we recommend you take your vehicle to your local Listers retailer for checking as soon as possible.

Tyre pressure

Regularly checking your tyre pressure is more important than you may realise. A large proportion of accidents are caused by under-inflated tyres, they also wear out faster if they are under-inflated and wear irregularly if over-inflated. In all these instances, you may find you are replacing your tyres more frequently, which is expensive.

How to check your tyre pressure:

  • Always aim to check your tyres once a month. Make sure you check all four, not just one or two.
  • Check tyres when they are cold, you will obtain a more accurate reading.
  • Use a reliable tyre pressure gauge, either at home or at a petrol station.
  • Check your vehicle handbook to determine the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle.
  • Adjust the pressure if needed by letting out some air using the valve until the gauge shows the correct level.
  • Not sure how to check your tyre pressure? Ask us.

Replacing tyres

When the time comes to change your tyres, there are several factors that may influence your decision. These could be anything from your budget and driving style, to manufacturer standards and even the area in which you live.

The first and most obvious requirement for your new tyres is to ensure that they are compatible with your vehicle. You will have documentation that lists compatible tyres, however, if you are not sure what to choose, contact your local Listers retailer for guidance.

Ask Listers

If you’re not sure how to check your tyre tread depth, pressure, overall health of the tyre or are thinking of replacing them, we recommend you talk to us. Our Listers workshops offer tyre inspections free of charge, removing any hassle and confusion.

If they need changing, we supply and fit tyres from all major manufacturers at competitive prices. We offer a price match against the likes of Kwik – Fit and Black Circles to ensure we offer the very best pricing. Get in touch below or contact your local Listers Centre to book an appointment.

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