With this easy test, 20 pence can buy you peace of mind when it comes to your van or car tyres and safety. Place a 20 pence piece head first into several tread grooves across the tyre. If you cannot see the inner rim of the coin then you are OK however if this is visible then you need to pop in and get them checked straight away – It’s Free!
You need to be aware of three things when deciding if you need new tyres: tread wear, exposure to the elements and their age.
The most important reason to worry about tread wear is safety. When your van or car tyre treads are worn, your car may respond poorly in adverse weather conditions like rain and snow. With good treads your car will grip the road better. Also, having insufficient tread is illegal and will carry a hefty fine if you are caught and you may find your insurance company will not pay out if you are involved in an accident. Worn tyres can also make other parts of your car wear prematurely.
Exposure to heat and the sun’s ultraviolet rays may cause structural changes to your van or car tyres. These changes are not usually a concern in our moderate climate.
How old are your tyres? Regardless of tread wear, vehicle manufacturers generally recommend you replace your tyres at six years. Most tyre manufacturers recommend you replace your tyres at 10 years. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations on your specific van or car tyres.
Keeping the correct air pressure in your van or car tyres helps your tyres last longer, helps the handling of your car, and increases fuel efficiency saving you money on fuel.
Most people forget about their tyre’s until something goes wrong. The truth is, tyres lose pressure daily. In cool weather, a tyre will typically lose one or two pounds of air per month. In warm weather, tyres lose even more air. That’s why it’s recommended that you check air pressures regularly. Keep in mind that many vehicles have different tyre pressures on the front and rear axle. Don’t forget to check the pressure in your spare tyre too.
The first place to look for the correct air pressure for your specific tyres is your vehicle owner’s manual. Correct air pressure should also be list ed on the tyre sticker attached to the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove box door or fuel flap.
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