Check your tyres to stay safe this summer – whatever the weather

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The Met Office has issued its long range forecast for the UK and it’s a pretty mixed bag. On the one hand we can expect hotter than normal temperatures over the next three months, but the report also warns that there is a threat of hurricanes bringing floods during the August school holidays due to the La Nina weather phenomenon!

Why tyres need to be safe and legal for driving in the rain

So what does this mean for motorists?

Who really knows what the weather has in store for us over the coming months or even days, but one thing is certain, if your tyres are not in a safe and legal condition you will be in trouble on the roads.

Unsettled weather, and in particular heavy rain, can make driving extremely hazardous, and a tyre with a low tread depth is less effective at removing water from the road, leading to longer stopping distances and reduced road safety.

So your priority is to make sure your tyres always have at least the minimum tread depth limit of 1.6mm across the central three quarters and around the entire circumference.

If you notice your tyres are worn, even in odd patches, you need to replace them as soon as possible. Bearing in mind the UK has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round, many of our etyres customers put wet grip at the top of their priority list when they are searching for new tyres.

It is simple to find out how your chosen tyre responds in these conditions, because ‘wet grip’ is one for the areas of performance covered by the EU tyre label, which appears on all tyres, whether they are premium, mid-range or economy brands. Our tyre label section will help you decipher the information it provides.

An “A” grade for wet grip is a prized score and one which many tyre manufacturers place a lot of emphasis on achieving.

Avon tyres has just launched its all-new SUV tyre, the Avon ZX7, which features an ‘A’ grade wet grip. Its distinctive tread pattern is designed with large circumferential grooves which clear water quickly and efficiently to reduce aquaplaning in wet conditions.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all vehicles, driving styles and budgets. We can also offer expert and impartial advice about which tyres offer the best performance in different weather conditions.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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