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When Should I Replace My Vehicle’s Tyres?

Car Tyre being Change

Do the tyres on your vehicle need replacing? If you’re unsure on whether you should get them replaced, we’ve put together a list of what to check for.

Obvious Damage

Replace your tyres as soon as they start showing signs of damage. Cuts and bulges are signs that you need new rubber. If you continue to drive on the damage, you risk an accident. Most punctures can be fixed, but when you have one that cannot be fixed or if it’s too close to the sidewall then it should be replaced.

damaged tyre

Tread Depth

Probably the most important feature to look at when considering a replacement is the tread depth of your tyres. Legally, this needs to be a minimum of 1.6mm across the central three quarters, around the circumference of the tyre. If it is below this, it is too smooth, and you risk your vehicle’s grip to the road.

You can check this at home yourself with a 20p coin. Simply place it in the tread and if you can see the outer rim then it is time for a replacement. What’s more, if you’re caught with tread shorter than the legal requirement, you could face hefty fines and points per worn tyre. If you want to stay safe on the road, please monitor the tread depth.

Old Tyres

Whilst there isn’t really an expiration date, you should always monitor older tyres more closely. Rubber can dry out and split overtime, and the various weather changes can cause expansion and contraction. The general consensus is that they will last around 5-6 years, so ensure you keep on eye on how long you’ve had them.

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Servicing & MOTs

If you keep up with regular servicing and MOTs, you won’t have to worry about checking the tyres yourself too much. Your MOT technician will make you aware of any tyres that are not up to standard.

Contact Us For Tyres

We have a huge range of tyres available if you’re in need of replacements. Our garage has options for every vehicle and budget. Get in touch with us today to discuss your vehicle.

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