Good tyre maintenance is crucial for your safety while driving, and there are a few routine checks that you should carry out regularly, especially before going on long car journeys:

Tyre damage

Tyres can be damaged by potholes, objects in the road or an awkward impact with the kerb. You should look and feel all around the surface of your tyres for any lumps, cuts or bulges as these could make the tyres dangerous and if you find any, consult Specialist Vehicles as soon as possible to avoid tyre failure.

Tyre pressure

Checking and maintaining correct tyre pressures can seem like a chore but remembering to top up on air every now and again will improve your safety, economy and environmental impact. Low-pressure tyres are liable to overheating, which is a significant safety risk. Fully-inflated tyres will roll better, using less fuel to sustain a constant speed, meaning you won’t have to refuel as often. Fuel efficiency is also beneficial for the environment because CO2 emissions will be reduced.

Your vehicle handbook will tell you where to find the optimum pressures for your front and rear tyres, but they are typically located in the frame of the driver’s door or on the inside of the fuel flap.

Tread depth

Your tyres will become worn over time due to friction with the road. The more worn they become, the less grip they’ll have and the more your braking distance will increase. Extended braking distance is a major safety concern for you and your passengers as well as other road users, so it is vital that you adhere to the legal tread depth requirement.

The legal limit for tread depth is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre and around its entire circumference. Given the severity of the risk, you could incur a hefty fine and points on your licence if your tyres are found to be below the minimum tread depth.

At Specialist Vehicles, we can professionally inspect and change tyres for all makes including Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen and more. Offering a highly-rated customer service, there’s nowhere better in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall to get your tyres replaced than at the Specialist Vehicles service centre. Give us a call today or book online.

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