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Check Your Tyres Regularly
It’s easy to neglect your tyres – until they fail and go flat. Worn or damaged tyres, though, affect your car’s fuel efficiency and performance, and they are a serious safety risk.
Don’t wait until you skid on a patch of ice, experience a blow-out, or fail a MOT because of poor tyre condition. We at Heytesbury Garage recommend you check your tyres regularly and keep them optimally inflated for the weather and road conditions.
If you notice any problems – such as a cut, crack, bulge, blistering, smooth tread, uneven wear or slow deflation – come to us for a professional tyre check.
If and when you need new tyres in Warminster our experts will recommend the best type to suit your vehicle and budget, and fit them skilfully and efficiently. We also offer a wheel alignment and tyre rotation service (recommended every few thousand miles) to ensure even wear and maximum life for your tyres.
We’re often asked how long tyres last, but it’s not possible to quantify this because there are so many factors involved. The quality of the tyre, is of course, a major factor; then there’s the road conditions it is used on to take into account; how well it’s maintained; and your driving style.
Generally, though a tyre is considered old after five years or so, and could compromise your vehicle’s safety, so regular professional checks are advised for older tyres even if they appear healthy to the untrained eye.
UK 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. Get a rough idea of the state of your tyre tread with the 20p test (advocated by the AA). Place the edge of a 20p coin in a tyre groove – if the outer band of the coin is obscured your tread is above the legal limit. If you can see part of the band, you need new tyres.
Tyres For All Seasons
If you opt to fit winter tyres to your vehicle to improve your driving safety in the face of wet, icy or snowy weather, we’ll supply the appropriate winter tyres, do the seasonal tyre swop for you and advise you on how best to store your summer tyres until they are needed again.
Many drivers find winter tyres offer optimum traction and grip in cold conditions because they are made of a softer rubber compound than conventional tyres and feature deep grooves and cuts (called sipes) built in to the tread to help disperse water and ice, improving contact with the road. They work best at temperatures below 7 deg C.
If you’d like advice about the benefits of winter tyres, or have any queries about tyres in general, don’t hesitate to ask. Our experienced tyre specialists will be happy to help.
Contact us to arrange your appointment for your annual MOT service.