Tyre Centres Most Common Tyre Faults

Tyre Centres Most Common Tyre Faults

  • Tyre tread depth.
  • Distorted tread.
  • Trapped debris.
  • Tyre pressure.
  • Tyre wear.
  • Incorrect wheel alignment.
  • Cracks, sidewall damage.

Winter looms

Please ensure that your vehicle is in optimum condition whenever you set out on a journey this chilly season. We know that when snow falls deeper than 1mm in the UK we tend to panic (sometimes after 1 snowflake) and declare a national crisis.  Take a deep breath, we will make it to the other side of winter.

Tyres are an essential care area

Tyres are the only part of the vehicle that has contact with the road.

You can’t control the weather but you can take on winter care duties which keep you, your passengers, other road users and pedestrians safer.

Five to ten minutes on tyre maintenance, clearing debris and checking for cracks, tyre baldness and tread compliance is good old common sense, isn’t it?

  • Check all the tyres tread depths, including any spares. A recent survey revealed that 24 million tyre treads in the UK were 2mm or below. That was over 70%.
  • Ensure that the correct air pressure is maintained. Different manufacturers and vehicles mean there isn’t a standard pressure so tyre centre expert’s assistance should be sought.
  • Did you know that if you drive slowly this increases a tyre’s lifespan and it also allows more of the tyre surface to meet the road for better grip?
  • A faulty or worn tyre offers significantly less grip and increases stopping time compared to a law abiding generous tread new tyre.
  • If you’re using normal tyres have you considered a change to winter tyres? They are durable and cost effective. Winter tyres have a deeper tread and sipes (slits) which deliver grip. The tyres don’t suffer from rigidness in low temperatures because the rubber content is higher than in normal tyres so these are an ideal solution for many drivers. It is not yet a legal requirement to adopt winter tyres in the UK but it is sensible.
  • Second hand/part worn tyres or retread tyres can prove hazardous. RoSPA and Trading Standards encourage an attitude of “buyer beware” for part worn and ask that a retread tyre has an “e” on it. Remove risk by purchasing new tyres from a recommended tyre centre supplier.

If you aren’t confident carrying out tyre checks or sense that tyre fitting services or a professional assessment is necessary then please speak to experts like the friendly team at Thatcham Tyres and Exhausts.

A thorough evaluation of pressure, wear and tread, tyre fitting services and wheel alignment offers the peace of mind that could stop you from waking up at 3a.m in a cold sweat.

Their tyre centre specialists also work on exhausts and batteries. If your exhaust is clanking, or rattling, get it sorted immediately!

A Continental Tyres study indicated that more than three million motorists suffered an accident during the extreme weather in January 2010. 45% had more than one accident. Ouch.

Don’t become a 2018 accident statistic. Contact Thatcham Tyres and Exhausts about your tyres today.

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