Logbook Loans Tips – Maintaining Tip Top Tyres!
Logbook Loans advice on how to keep your tyres safe and legal…
Tyres are often the most neglected part of our car! We may spend hours washing and polishing, take pride in buying the very latest gadgets and gizmos, and drive around all over the place … yet when was the last time you checked your tyres?!
We take it for granted that our tyres will be ok and that we will notice if there’s a problem. But it’s often not till a tyre either goes completely flat or gets highlighted at a service or MOT that we realise there’s anything wrong.
Keeping tyres in tip top condition is essential. Many of us are unaware of the legal requirements for the conditions of tyres. These are:
- Tyre pressures should be maintained at or very close to the recommended pressures.
- There must be at least 1.6mm of tread depth in a continuous band throughout the central three-quarters of the tread width, throughout the whole of the circumference of the tyre.
- There must be no damage to the sides or tread of the tyre body, and no bulges or cuts.
- Cross-ply and radial tyres should never be mixed on the same vehicle.
Many people are also unaware that failing to comply with the above can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice or a court summons that could lead to a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.
Sobering thoughts! So what do you need to do to keep your tyres in excellent condition and ensure that they are not only safe but legal? Here are Logbook Loans Ten Top Tips for tip top tyres:
- Check pressure regularly – at least every 3000 miles. Inflate to the pressures in your owner’s manual (these are often also on the inside of the driver’s door).
- Inflate tyres when cool – ideally when your car has been parked for at least three hours or driven less than 1 mile – as tyre pressure can be higher when the car has been running for longer.
- Rotate tyres every 6-8000 miles to help equalise tread wear.
- Get your wheel alignment checked regularly as specified in your owner’s manual, or if you feel the wheel “pull.”
- Visually check your tyres for irregularities in treadwear as these could indicate problems with alignment or inflation.
- Visually check your tyres for any damage to the surface. Be aware that if a cut exposes cords then the tyre is illegal.
- Ensure that you clean your tyres thoroughly: again they are often neglected when a car is cleaned. They need to be blasted with water, brushed carefully, waxed – and can even be dressed with a special protective solution. Clean tyres will perform better and last longer.
- When replacing tyres be careful about using part worn tyres. Whilst these are likely to be cheaper than most new tyres they should be checked and if they show signs of tyre ageing then you should not purchase them. Be aware that tyres that have been in storage should not be placed into use if they are more than 6 years old from their date of manufacture.
- Similarly if your car is old or you are buying a second hand car you need to be cautious about tyres aging. Old tyres can deteriorate and you particularly need to watch out for cracking on the side wall of the tyre, distortion of tyre tread or deformation of the carcass of the tyre.
- Check that your car contains everything you need to deal with a flat tyre. Does your car have a jack and do you know where the jack point is? Where are the wheel nuts? Do you have a temporary tyre (and is it fully inflated) or just repair foam? Know what to do before you are placed in the position of having to do it!
If you follow the above ten tips from Logbook Loans then your tyres should remain in excellent condition and should continue to serve you well for some considerable time. So get into good habits now in terms of looking after your tyres: you will not regret it!