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Car Tyre Maintenance: What You Need to Know

October 5, 2017

Tyres are one of the most essential parts of a car. Your car simply won’t work if its tyres decide they’ve had enough, so taking a crash course in car tyre maintenance is definitely worthwhile.
 
It’s extremely important that you stay on top of your car tyres’ wellbeing, and don’t allow them to gradually decline without any care or attention. The longer your tyres are being used for, the more important regular inspections become. Here, French and German Car Services Limited tell you exactly what you need to look for when it comes to your tyres.
 

Pressure

One of the most essential aspects of car tyre maintenance is their pressure. Unfortunately, there’s no magic number when it comes to your tyres’ pressure; you need to look in the vehicle’s manual to find the correct value.
 
Under inflated tyres can make your car a lot harder to control, and also a lot more expensive to run. They will also wear out a lot quicker, as their contact with the road is greater than usual. Over inflation, meanwhile, can have a negative effect on your braking distances, and can also reduce the tyres’ lifespan.
 

Tread

Tyre treads are essential for grip, which is an extremely important trait for any tyre to have. The minimum depth for tyres in the UK is 1.6mm, that’s the legal requirement. An easy way to check that you’re within the limit is to insert a 20p coin into the treads. If the coin’s outer band is visible, the tread might be too shallow. If you get stopped by the police, you could even face a penalty fine of up to £2, 500 per tyre.
 
Penalties aside, however, it’s not safe to be driving with tyres that don’t meet the minimum tread requirements. A lack of grip on the roads can be extremely dangerous, and so it’s essential that you consistently check this aspect of your tyres.
 
Hopefully our guide to car tyre maintenance has helped you out. If you’re still unsure about anything to do with your tyres’ well-being, then we can help you out. Call the team at French and German Car Services Limited on 0207 609 1502 or fill out one of our online contact forms. We’re more than happy to both check and service the tyres for you.