Tyre safety: 10 things you need to know about tyres


Spring is almost round the corner and in my family that means…roadtrips! There is nothing better than making the most of the promise of spring than getting out and about and enjoying the best of Britain after a winter of hibernating, but there is also nothing like a troubled tyre to scupper your plans, leaving your whole family waiting on a hardshoulder like this…

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Much of the time, this can be avoided with a little big of knowledge and planning and so courtesy of Point-S tyre dealers, it’s time to amp up your tyre knowledge!

  1. Tyres play a critical role in road safety. Acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tyres’ relatively small contact area with the road surface so their correct selection, care and maintenance is essential.
  2. To maximise road safety and prolong tyre life, a tyre’s pressure, tread depth and general condition should be checked regularly.
  3. When replacing tyres, fitting new tyres is the safest option. However, legislation does exist which permits the sale of part worn tyres (subject to them meeting a number of criteria). Beware of part part worn tyres that do not meet these legal requirements – a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection Act, and a serious safety risk to drivers, their passengers and other road users.
  4. Avoid prolonged under or over-inflation and harsh road conditions that can cause damage that will compromise the reliability of your tyres.
  5. Check regularly for uneven wear (on both sides of the tyre), tears, cracks or bulges on the sidewall and damage to the wheel rims.
  6. To ensure even tyre wear, change your tyre positions on a regular basis. Even tyre wear maintains consistent performance and extends the life of your tyres.
  7. Tyre wear differs depending on whether the vehicle is front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Front-drive cars bear more weight on the front axle and also have the differential in the front which adds to the weight. This means that the front tyres wear out almost twice as quickly as the rear tyres. Rear-drive cars however, have a more or less equal weight distribution. So tyre rotation needs to be done more often in front-wheel drive cars.
  8. You get what you pay for. Although it can be tempting to save on tyres, think again. Better quality tyres help to provide a safer-driving experience and can even lead to extra fuel savings!
  9. You need to run in new tyres. The surface of brand new tyres features a number of tiny vent holes from the moulding process, and will also be incredibly smooth. To remove these holes and properly prepare the surface for day-to-day driving, tyres should be run in for the first 150 to 200 miles at medium speed on dry roads. All while avoiding sharp cornering and hard braking.
  10. You can buy new tyres online! In case you did not know it already, the folks at Point-S just made it easier for you to buy tyres from your local tyre dealer at the click of a button here.

Know the above and the scene will hopefully be looking a lot more like this… let’s get this road trip on the..road!

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Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Point-S.



One comment

  1. I love these points you’ve made about tyre safety.

    A lot of people neglect changing their tyre position and checking for uneven wear which are two of the most important factors when it comes to road safety and tyres.

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