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Don’t let regular tyre checks slide this autumn
September 16, 2014

Autumn has arrived and with the rain pouring and leaves falling, road conditions can become treacherous for motorists – which is why it is very important to make sure your tyres have plenty of tread.

You should check your tyres regularly anyway, but with the onset of the winter months it is more vital than ever that you ensure your tyres are safe and legal.

First of all we recommend you make sure your tyres have plenty of tread depth to clear the slippery leave, slush, water and even ice away. Tyres are your vehicles only point of contact with the road and it is better to change them now before the weather gets too bad if you are concerned.

Also make sure your tyres are inflated to the recommended pressures. Not only will this make a huge difference to the amount of grip on the road surface, especially in wet conditions or where there are leaves on the road, but it will also reduce fuel consumption, so you can save money at the fuel pumps too.

Also, remember to slow down and leave plenty of space between vehicles in difficult driving conditions. In wintry and rainy weather, it can take up to ten times longer to stop if the roads are slippery and the spray will reduce your visibility.

If you discover you need new tyres, remember etyres Epsom is currently offering a £25 discount if you buy four new tyres or £10 off if you order two or three tyres during September. These generous offers apply to all the tyres we supply and fit, including economy, mid-range and premium brands.

Avoid the perils of aquaplaning by checking tyres
September 3, 2014

Aquaplaning has got to be one of the most frightening driving experiences motorists can experience. Roads don’t have to be waterlogged for you to experience this phenomenon, and during recent weeks of heavy rainfall there have been a lot of local news reports about drivers who have been involved in motoring incidents because their cars have aquaplaned.

Aquaplaning is the effect of a loss of steering control caused by a film of water building between the tyre and road surface. As the tyre travels in a forward direction it relies mainly on the tread pattern to remove water from the road surface to enable a contact with the tyres tread pattern.

There are a number of factors which can affect the resistance of a tyre to aquaplaning, including vehicle speed, depth of water, tyre pressures and crucially, the tread depth of the tyres.

A lot of motorists don’t realise that even if their tyres still have at least the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm, at this point they will not handle standing water as effectively as tyres with a 3mm tread depth. This is one of the reasons why many motoring and safety organisations recommend replacing tyres when they wear below the 3mm point.

If you don’t know how to check your tyres, don’t panic, just click here to watch Vicki Butler Henderson show you exactly how to discover whether your tyres are still legal.

And if you discover you need new tyres, remember etyres Epsom currently have some great discounts available in our Back to School Sale, which makes our highly competitive prices even lower.