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“How to get the best value and safety from your tyres”Tyre stack 2

The tyres play a critical role in your vehicles safety, with little more than a hand size amount of tread per tyre making contact with the road surface at any given time, this is critical for cornering, Steering, acceleration and braking, so it is extremely important that your vehicles tyres are in a good condition.

 

Good tyre tread becomes even more important on wet roads

The tyre tread is designed to disperse water from the contact area of the tyre, allowing the tyre to grip the road and perform as anticipated for the driver.Wet tyre on road

Without good tyre tread in wet conditions, the driver will have difficulty in accelerating, and cornering.

More importantly, the Tyre tread is responsible for ultimately stopping your vehicle when braking, the brake system can be operating fine, but if you don’t have good tread contact with the road, the vehicle can just simply glide on the road surface, when you need it to stop

 

 To ensure this Tyres have a minimum tread level indicator.

So what is the minimum Tread level?tyre tread wear indicator 1
The legal minimum tread for passenger tyres is 1.5mm, to check this tyres have indicator bars moulded into the tread pattern, they are located in the bottom of the tread groove.

If the tread is worn down to these bars or the bars are visibly worn, the tyre is illegal and needs to be replaced.

 

 Correct Tyre pressureTyre Placard

Recommended tyre pressure is shown on the tyre placard attached to the car body (usually on the driver's door pillar), it is also listed in the owner's manual.

Tyre pressures are given for normal driving, and also when loaded up with the maximum number people the car can legally carry and luggage, so if you are going on a trip the pressure will differ from city driving with an unloaded vehicle.

The tyre pressure is also critical to the vehicles suspension performance, allowing it to ride and corner efficiently, while the tyres maintain god contact with the road surface.

Examples of Badly worn tyres

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