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Don’t fail your MOT because of your tyre tread depth
March 24, 2014

With March being the start of the new car registration it is the most popular time of year for cars to undergo MOT’s. Doing the simple 20p test is a quick and easy way to see if your tyres have reached or are nearing the legal minimum tyre tread depth of 1.6mm.

All you need to do is insert the 20p into the grooves of the tread and if the edge of the coin is visible then your tyres are close to the legal limit. For more information on how to ensure your tyres meet all the legal requirements for your MOT visit our UK tyre law page.

The importance of having adequate tyre tread depth extends further than just to pass your MOT, it also helps to ensure safe handling and reduced stopping distances on both wet and dry surfaces. To demonstrate the difference having a 3mm tyre tread depth can make over the 1.6mm legal minimum we have made short video featuring Vicki Butler-Henderson from Fifth Gear, click here to watch it now.

If your MOT is looming call etyres Durham today on 0800 028 9000 or use the search tool to buy your tyres online and help to ensure your vehicle passes first time. Don’t forget that we are also a fully mobile service so you don’t need to book time off work or visit the garage to have your tyres changed.

Check your tyres to stay safe in hazardous driving conditions
February 12, 2014

With rain, sleet and snow continuing to fall, etyres Durham is urging its customers to be even more aware of the state of their tyres so they can stay safe on our roads.

Unfortunately, the weather is causing hazardous road conditions which can easily lead to accidents, whether they are caused by skidding, aquaplaning or your tyres not having enough grip which means it takes you longer to brake. However, a few simple checks to your tyres can help to reduce the chances of you being involved in an incident.

The first thing to do is make sure your tyres have plenty of tread. The minumum legal limit is 1.6mm, but safety and motoring groups recommend you seriously consider replacing your tyres when they wear below 3mm, especially during the winter months.

On vehicles equipped with tyres that have insufficient or low levels of tread depth, water between the tyres and the road surface may not be removed quickly enough. This layer of water builds up in front of the tyres until the tyre loses contact with the road surface. This loss of traction, known as aquaplaning, causes the wheels to slip and prevents the vehicle from responding to steering, braking or acceleration. As a result, the vehicle can lose control, starting to skid or spin dangerously.

Also check your tyre pressures, because incorrectly inflated tyres can affect the handling of your vehicle, including braking and cornering, and also lead to blow outs at high speed.

Finally, inspect your tyres for signs of damage such as cuts, bulges or objects embedded in the rubber. It is often the case that etyres Durham can repair a damaged tyre, but the more you drive on it the less chance we have of being able to fix it. Damaged tyres can lead to punctures and blow outs which could cause the tyre to fail catastrophically, leaving you unable to control your vehicle.

If after carrying out these checks you discover you need new tyres it does not have to cost a fortune. etyres Durham supply a wide range of new tyres to suit all budgets, including economy, mid-range and premium and our highly competitive prices are currently even lower due to our Big Tyre Sale, which means you get £25 off if you order four or more new tyres and £10 off if you buy two or three new tyres.

All our prices include a new valve, balancing, disposal of the old tyre, VAT and our free mobile fitting service, which means we come to you and fit your new tyres at your home or work at a time that suits you.

And if you suspect you have a puncture, etyres Durham will come to you and repair it as soon as possible, and we always bring along a new tyre incase it cannot be fixed, that way we get you up and running again in a matter of minutes.

David, etyres Durham