Changing your tyres prior to MOT

Posted on February 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm

A MOT is a test that is designed to check certain features on your car to ensure that it is safe to use on the roads. There are many components that are checked during an MOT and tyres are one of them. Legally tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread left across at least 75% of the tyre. Although this is the legal limited many garages advise changing them at 3mm.

If your tyres are below the legal limit you can get stopped by the police and issued a ticket for 3 points plus fine for each tyre. Meaning if all four are under the limit you could get 12 points and possibly lose your licence.

Before taking your car for an MOT check the depth on each one of your tyres. You can get a gauge to do this or take it to any garage for them to check for you. If they do need replacing this will give the chance to shop around for the best price prior to having the MOT done.


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Part worn tyres?

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

When it comes to replacing your tyres you have a number of options available to you. Depending on the car and your driving style / conditions you drive in may impact on the type of tyres you chose. Part worn tyres are a cheap way of getting your vehicle legal but are they always the most cost effective solution?

When recently enquiring about replacing my tyres I was quite shocked to find that although I could get part worn tyres for approximately twenty pounds each or new tyres for £30-£40 each.

Part worn tyres only have to have a minimum of 3mm of tread left which is often the tread level garages advise you to change them. Also you are not always guaranteed to get the same make or of the quality of the brand of the tyres. By paying an extra £15 per tyre I could have two new tyres, both of the same high quality make.

It is definitely worth considering going for new tyres over part worns when you look at value for money.

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Get the most from your tyres

Posted on May 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

A careful, smooth driving style will help keep many parts of your car in good condition for longer, from the engine to the brakes to the suspension. The tyres are no exception, but taking it easy on them will only preserve them so far. There are a few other things that can be done to keep your tyres within the legal 1.6mm UK tread depth limit.

The first thing to do is check your tyres regularly, looking at the condition of the tyres from both sides. Any signs of uneven wear should be addressed as soon as possible. Wear on both sides of the tread or in the centre are likely caused by under or over inflation. If the wear is on one side of the tread, it could be a problem with wheel alignment or the suspension. This kind of wear is easy to miss if it occurs on the inside tread.

A good way to avoid uneven wear and mitigate the difference in wear between the front and back tyres is to have the tyres rotated roughly every 6,000 miles. The tyres need to be rotated in a specific way relating to the way the cars wheels are driven and the tyres construction.

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Aging Tyres

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:28 am

The average life of front tyres on a front wheel drive car is around 20,000 miles, or about 2 years for the average commuter. The rears will last up to twice as long with careful driving, though they can be rotated onto the fronts when necessary. This means that your unlikely to have to worry about the tyre compound degrading before the tread is worn to its legal limit. However, seldom used vehicles, such as a prized sports car or perhaps a trailer or caravan, may not see their tyres replaced due to wear over a much longer period.

Tyre rubber degrades over time, particularly when tyres are not used and have no heat put through them. Tyres that have degraded in this way may become cracked and discoloured and they are at risk of blowing out, which could cause a fatal accident at high speeds. It is recommended that tyres over 10 years old be replaced, regardless of wear (tyres never used and kept in storage may degrade even faster than this). To find out the age of your tyres, look for the last four digits of the DOT code on the sidewall. These give the week and year of manufacture.

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Loss of tyre pressure

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Most peoples automatic conclusion if they are losing tyre pressure is that they have a slow puncture however it’s not the only thing that can cause this issue and more and more commonly it can be the result of a cracked wheel rim putting pressure on the tyre wall.
Wheel rims get cracked through collision or through hitting a pothole in the road and this has become a major bugbear of a lot of drivers. The poor conditions of the roads means that often adverse weather can cause the service to crack and result in a sunken or broken area of tarmac that when hit (particularly at speed) can cause a lot of damage. Loss of tyre pressure may be the first sign you have of a cracked wheel rim so it’s worth checking your tyre pressure weekly and fully investigating any problems to be sure that any damage is not left undetected.

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