1. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across at least 3/4 of the width of the tyre. There are small bars spaced within the tread showing the minimum legal limit.
2. Especially in winter months with leaves, mud, snow and ice to contend with it is advisable to have at least 3mm of tread over the full width of the tyre.
3. Check your tyre pressures and their condition regularly. It is advisable to check tyres from the front and back of the vehicle in preference to the side. This enables the inside of the tyres to be examined properly, too often missed or ignored!
4. Check tyre pressures when tyres are cool and in the shade and especially before long trips. Stability can be affected drastically especially under severe braking if vehicle manufacturer recommended pressures are not maintained. Excessive tyre wear and fuel economy also occur if tyre pressures are low.
5. Tyre pressures must also be altered and increased higher to manufacturer recommended pressures to maintain stability when the vehicle is fully laden especially under adverse higher atmospheric temperatures and when constant high speed motorway conditions prevail.
6. Winter tyres can be fitted for extra safety in adverse conditions and work at their optimum below 8 degrees C
7. Remember to check your spare tyre too. Run flat tyre technology on a few manufacturers such as BMW’s avoids the need for a spare tyre and allows you to get home at a maximum of 50 mph without changing a wheel. Space saver spare wheels also have a reduced maximum speed of 50 mph when used. Other manufacturers don’t even supply a spare wheel but rely on a fluid repair kit. These have restrictions in that a maximum of 1/2” size puncture can be repaired and the fluid must only be put in when the puncture hole is on the ground surface. This slows the fluid enough to allow it to work. However, because of this no side wall tyre punctures can be repaired. It really is best therefore to have a spare wheel or run flats fitted in such circumstances!
8. Rubber unfortunately deteriorates over time and especially if exposed for long periods to the sun. Perishing rubber cracks which can be a problem on older tyres. These cracks have a tendency to open up especially in warmer weather conditions, at higher constant speeds and when the vehicle is fully loaded. In some circumstances this can lead to blowouts so the general condition of tyres must also be maintained.
9. Tyres generally respond and react differently according to the prevailing weather conditions. Drivers must take this very important advice into consideration for their own and others safety. Tyres do have limitations and drivers must alter their driving speed, style and distances to other vehicles and hazards accordingly.
10. Tyron belts can be fitted to caravan wheels for added safety and peace of mind. This stops the tyre from coming off the wheel if a puncture occurs therefore maintaining relative stability at speed.
11. TPMS or tyre pressure monitoring systems can be repaired, replaced and re-programmed on newer car systems.
12. Locking wheel nuts can be removed if the key has been misplaced or lost.
13. Punctures can be repaired in approximately 50% of cases. This is dependant on where the puncture is positioned in the tread as it cannot by law be repaired near the sidewall of the tyre or on the actual sidewall itself. Remaining tyre wear must also be taken into consideration as to whether it is economically viable.
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We are a local Mobile Tyre Company who are based in Suffolk and also cover South Norfolk and North Essex. We come to your place of work or home at your convenience to save you time and money. We are a very friendly and professional service, with over 5 years experience within the motor tyre industry. We supply a personal service which is second to none in supplying all makes and sizes of tyres.