Just round rubber Black Circles? Not all tyres are the same
Ever thought about why Formula 1 teams spend so much time and effort on getting tyre choices right?
The right compound, the correct pressures and the correct load and speed ratings are vitally important when choosing a tyre.
We can offer you various options when replacing your tyres but your safety is always our primary concern.
Free Hunter Alignment Check with every set of tyres
Purchase a full set of 4 tyres from us and we’ll carry out a free 4 wheel alignment check*
*Adjustments may be required and we’ll let you know the cost before we carry out any additional work
Winter Tyres in Colchester
Winter tyres have been developed for temperatures below 7C so they’re not only for use in the snow.
The tread is quite different from a standard summer tyre in that more natural rubber is used in its construction meaning the tyre is softer allowing it to keep contact with the road surface.
Stopping distances become shorter with winter tyres too, up to 4.8 metres shorter compared to summer tyres at 62 mph in the wet below 7C
All Major Brands Supplied
Tyres Colchester – BMW tyres – MINI tyres
Tyre guidance. The legal stuff
The legal limit for a tyre in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre and around its complete circumference.
As a tyre wears, the distance it takes to stop your car increases significantly, especially when the tread gets below 3mm.
If your own safety doesn’t seem to bother you, maybe the risk of a £2,500 fine and three penalty points on your licence for a worn tyre will? That’s per tyre, too. If all four tyres are worn below the legal limit, you could potentially lose your licence and face a £10,000 fine.
Car Tyres in Colchester – Top Tips
Did you know that incorrect tyre pressures can reduce your tyre ilfe by up to 25%!
- Try and check your tyre pressures about once a month
- Make sure you always use a reliable pressure gauge, most petrol stations now have tyre pressure gauges. portable tyre pressure gauges are also available online and are quite inexpensive
- Make sure to increase your tyre pressure when the car is fully laden, when you go on holiday for example and have a boot full of suitcases! Your drivers handbook will contain the specific tyre pressures for your car or van.
- When you are checking your tyre pressures be sure to inspect the tyres for bulges, cuts or tears as well as wear on the tyre itself
- Always check all of your tyres, this includes the spare you may have in the boot or underside of your car. Some new cars come with space savers or do not have a spare at all.
- Its best to check your tyre pressures when they area cold, usually before travelling less than 2 miles – this is because when warm they can expand and give false readings.
- If you’re in doubt seek the help of an expert!
Quite often car tyres end up needing to be replaced before their normal life expectancy has been reached, because of un-even or rapid tread wear. Below are a few of the avoidable causes of tread wear.
- Incorrect wheel alignment (Tracking) – this can cause issues with the front tyres such as rapid wear of the inside our outside edges of the tyre. The delicate settings for your tracking can be easily changed from hitting a kerb or a pothole. Its advised to get your tracking /wheel alignment checked every 6,000 miles.
- Over inflation of tyres – the sign of over inflation is rapid wear on the centre of the tyre.
- Under inflation – the sign of under inflation is rapid wear along the edges of the tread.
For more information on how tyre safety visit TyreSafe