Good tyres a must for winter driving
Keeping your tyres in good condition at all times will help you stay safe on the road. There are a range of things you can check regularly to make sure your tyres do their job correctly. Choosing and fitting tyres You need to choose the tyres that are right for your vehicle and the driving you do. No tyre is perfect for all driving conditions. Talk to an expert about how and where you regularly drive so they can advise on the tyres you might need.
Most tyre manufacturers recommend placing the tyres with the best grip at the rear, whether the car is front or rear wheel drive. Fitting tyres with less grip to the rear of a vehicle can result in oversteer and loss of control.
It is best to replace your tyres in sets of four (or at least in pairs on the same axle) to maintain consistent handling.
Car manufacturers recommend that replacement tyres be the same type as those originally fitted, to maintain all-round driving performance.
Tyre tread depth Regularly check your tyres to make sure there is plenty of tread. The minimum legal depth is 1.5mm but the more tread you have the better the grip and the safer you’ll be.
Because it’s the only part of the vehicle that grips the road, the depth of tread on your tyres is important for the safety of your vehicle. The faster you go, the less effective your tyres will be if the tread depth isn’t up to scratch.
Checking tyre tread depth is easy and only takes a few minutes. You can use a tread depth checker/gauge yourself or go to a local garage and get them to check it for you. If you can see any worn, damaged or exposed cords (steel from within the tyre) take it to an expert immediately.
Tyre pressure Having the correct tyre pressure helps improve safety, handling, fuel efficiency and extends tyre life. Correct tyre pressure can help reduce fuel consumption by up to 4 per cent.
Legally, you need to keep your tyres at the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer and as tyres naturally lose a little air pressure over time so checking them every month or so is a good idea.
You should be able to find your car’s correct tyre pressure either on the inside of the driver’s door, in the handbook or by googling the make and model of your car. Tyre pressure should be checked when tyres are cold and don’t forget to make sure your spare wheel or space saver wheel is inflated to the correct pressure, too.
Good tyres make for a safe journey.