Extreme weather conditions require safe tyres

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With extreme weather conditions sweeping the UK it is vital that you make tyres safety a high priority during the next few days and even consider investing in a set of winter tyres.

Following the recent heavy rainfalls, drivers are now having to adjust to snow and ice on the roads – all conditions which make heavy demands on tyres.

UK legislation requires car drivers to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. Those failing to adhere to these regulations face three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 for each illegal tyre. However, checking a tyre’s tread depth is straightforward and simple and can even be done by using a 20p coin.

Drivers simply need to insert the coin into the main grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p is visible when inserted, then the tyre may not have sufficient depth and should be checked by a qualified specialist.

At the same time, it is also sensible to carry out a visual inspection of the tyre to check its overall condition. Any objects which have become embedded in the tread should be removed. Cuts, lumps or bulges are all signs that the tyre could be damaged and may need replacing or repairing.

Our etyres fitters are also experiencing heavy demand to supply and fit winter tyres and if you are considering making the switch we are advising our customers to contact our National Sales Team on 0800 208 9000 for the latest stock availability and best prices.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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