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Check your tyres to stay safe this autumn – come rain or shine
September 8, 2014

Autumn has arrived and whatever weather it brings, we want to help our customers stay safe on the roads come rain or shine.

We recommend you carry out some basic tyre maintenance to make sure your tyres can cope with whatever the weather has to throw at them. Autumn also brings its own special hazard and that is the potentially dangerous mix of leaves falling on very wet roads, another key reason why you should make sure your tyres are in good condition.

The first thing you need to do is make sure your tyres have got at least the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm. Adequate tread depth is essential for safe driving on wet roads as the tread grooves help to remove water from the contact patch between the tyre and the road surface, which is essential for effective acceleration, cornering and braking. A tyre with lower tread depth is less effective at removing water from the road, leading to longer stopping distances and reduced road safety. According to tests conducted by the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association, braking distance in wet weather of a tyre with only 1.6mm of tread depth is almost 12m longer than a new tyre from 50mph. To see how easy it is to check your tyre tread depths click here and watch Vicki Butler Henderson show you.

Tyre pressure also affects a vehicle’s safety by reducing its handling capability. If a tyre is over or under-inflated, less rubber will be in contact with the road which leads to increased tread wear, and may increase the vehicles stopping distance.

Finally, regularly inspect your tyres for signs of damage, such as cuts, cracks and bulges or stones and nails embedded in the rubber. With so many potholes on our roads today there is an increased likelihood of your tyres being damaged and this can lead to slow punctures and blowouts at high speeds.

Why part-worn tyres are not worth the risk
August 26, 2014

If you need new tyres and are tempted to buy part-worns to save yourself a bit of money, we recommend you watch this video nasty from TyreSafe.

The short film exposes the potential perils of choosing secondhand tyres, instead of paying a little bit extra for the added peace of mind of brand new tyres. Economy tyres have to pass rigorous safety inspections before they can be sold and all have 8mm of tread.

During a month long investigation, during which TyreSafe purchased a random sample of 50 part-worn tyres, it discovered that 98 per cent were being sold illegally and more than a third contained dangerous forms of damage or non-compliance.

The tyres were inspected by an independent tyre expert who reported one tyre as having the “potential to kill” as it still contained a metal object penetrating 5cm through the tread in a manner which was likely to result in sudden and total tyre failure had it been fitted to a vehicle.

Other serious safety breaches included dangerous and unsafe repairs, exposed cords, bead damage and evidence of runflat damage.

There are a number of regulations that exist to regulate the part-worn tyre trade, however it is obvious from the TyreSafe investigation that these are not being adhered to.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, warned: “Not only are drivers putting their own lives at risk, but they are also endangering their passengers, which in many cases may be their children, and other road users. Before buying part worn tyres I would urge drivers to ask themselves if the risk of buying part worn tyres is really worth it?”

If you need new tyres and want to keep the cost down, we recommend you consider fitting economy or mid-range tyres to your vehicle. They might be a little bit more expensive than part-worns, but they will last longer, help your vehicle be more fuel efficient (thus saving your pounds at the pumps) and they will reduce the chances of being involved in a motoring incident, which could lead to an accident and an even bigger dent in your wallet.

etyres Durham supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all budgets, including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands, call us now for expert and impartial advice about the best tyres for your vehicle and your budget.