The law requires car tyres to have a MINIMUM tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. To help drivers judge how much tread there is on a tyre, a number of manufacturers include tread bar markers to indicate when it is time to change it.
Another indicator that your tyres need changing is a noticeable deterioration in the car’s performance. For example, you may notice that your car does not handle or grip the road in poor weather conditions as it normally does, or it takes longer to stop when you apply the brakes. There are a variety of reasons for tyre wear including wheel misalignment, under inflation or over inflation. Also, when driving at speed you may notice the steering wheel begin to wobble. This is sign that the wheel balancing could be incorrect.
As well as a tyre fitting service, Brian Robson Coachworks offers a free tyre check when a vehicle is in our workshop for repair. We often get asked what does PSI mean? This is Pounds per Square Inch, which is the imperial measure for air pressure. All tyres have a recommended PSI, set by the manufacturer, which you should keep topped up. Under inflated tyres are inefficient and unsafe. Your tyre’s recommended air pressure will be printed in your vehicle owner’s manual or can easily be found online.
Some cars now have run flat tyres, which are designed to maintain enough strength in the sidewall and profile to allow the car to be driven to the nearest garage for replacement in the event of a puncture. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to stop and fit the spare tyre. Run flats cannot be used long term however, and should be replaced as soon as you become aware of a puncture. Often, there will be a dashboard warning signal advising drivers of a drop in pressure, known as (TPMS) or tyre pressure monitoring system.
Please contact us for a quote regarding our tyre fitting and wheel balancing service.