Having been stuck in the house for all those weeks of lockdown, it’s understandable that the maintenance of your car tyres in Salisbury might not have been at the forefront of your thoughts – out of sight out of mind after all. However, as society is opening up again and your car is starting to build up some mileage, now might be a good time to start thinking about it again.
For several reasons, having good quality tyres is crucial for safe driving. Thanks to our years of knowledge of car tyres in Salisbury, we can advise on the best practices when it comes to car tyre maintenance. This article answers a few frequently asked questions we’ve received about our tyre services.
What is the UK legal tyre tread limit?
Here in the UK, the minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. This depth needs to be continuous around the middle three-quarters of the tyre. However, many experts recommend that once the tread depth is at 3mm the tyre should be replaced.
If you think you might need new car tyres in salisbury, just contact our Salisbury based team who’ll be happy to book you in for some new ones.
How do you check tyre tread depth?
The easiest way to check tyre tread depth is by using the 20p method. All you need to do is put the 20p in the tread grooves, if the outer band of the 20p is hidden then your tyres are safe and legal. However, if you can see the outer band, your tyre should be changed.
What’s the penalty for bald tyres?
A bald tyre is simply a tyre that has little to no tread around it. As the tread depth reduces, the stopping distance increases because you lose traction between the tyre and the road, making it easier for you to lose control of your car.
For each bald or defective tyre on your car, you could face a fine of up to £2,500 and three points to your licence.
We want to help you avoid these penalties and to ensure that your vehicle is safe! We offer a huge range of tyres for a fantastic price, so why not pop down to our car garage in Salisbury and let us keep you safe and out of trouble. To book an appointment in advance, please phone 01980 65-55-55.
What should my tyre pressure be?
The recommended tyre pressure can vary between different car makes and models. It can also depend on the weight in the vehicle, meaning you will need to consider the number of passengers or luggage when checking your tyre pressures. You should be able to find the recommended tyre pressures for your car in either:
- Your vehicle handbook
- On the sill / sticker on the driver’s side door
- Inside the fuel cap
How do I check my tyre pressure?
To check your tyre pressure at home, you will need a pressure gauge which can be purchased online for as little as £15! While each pressure gauge will work slightly differently the main process is simple:
- Locate and remove the valve cap and connect the pressure gauge to it
- Check the recommended pressures for your tyres (this can normally be found in your vehicle log book)
- The process may vary depending on the type of gauge you have, you may need to input the figures and the system will automatically inflate the tyres. Others may be more manual and require you to read a dial and push a button to add more air.
- If the pressure is too high in your tyres, you can simply remove the cap and let out a little air.
- Once you have reached the correct tyre pressure for your car, all you need to do is remove the pressure gauge from the valve and replace the cap.
If you are unsure of how to do this, just give us a call on 01980 65-55-55 and our friendly team will be more than happy to assist you.
What is the best size tyre for my car?
It isn’t as simple as saying that each size car should use a specific size tyre – which is why we created our own Tyre Finding Tool on our website.
Find out your tyres size in 3 simple steps:
- Visit our website and view the Tyre Finding Tool.
- Input either your tyre details (find out how to read your tyre markings below) or your car number plate, hit search and we will do all the work for you.
- Simply contact our team on 01980 65-55-55 and we can order them and book you in for them to be fitted at our car garage in Salisbury.
How do you read the markings on a tyre?
Each tyre will normally have a series of numbers and letters, and each digit represents important information. When reading this code the first five digits are the ones you want to focus on. The first three digits indicate the width of the tyre in millimetres. Then the following two digits after the slash are the aspect ratio – this is the height of the tyre as a percentage of the width.
How often should I replace my tyres?
According to Tyre Safe, most manufacturers agree that tyres should be replaced at least every 10 years, even if your tyres seem to be in good condition as it is likely that the sidewalls are cracking. The sidewalls are an integral part of the tyre as they provide lateral stability and stop air escaping, so we recommend that you follow this advice. Tyre life in general though is dependent on the way that they are used. A set of well maintained tyres and used mainly on motorways can return a much higher mileage against tyres badly maintained and used predominantly in an urban environment.
What is the law on having a spare tyre?
It is no longer a legal requirement to have a spare tyre and jack in your car, however it is advised. If you do have a spare tyre, it is also recommended that you keep it within legal limits.
Need help? Contact Rangers Garage!
Rangers Garage is proud to be the largest tyre dealers in the Salisbury area, with an expert team who are experienced in tyre maintenance and replacement. We are happy to fit a range of tyres for a variety of vehicles including vans and 4×4’s.
Simply contact us and we will help you find the perfect tyres for your car, order and fit them for you in our car garage in Salisbury. It couldn’t be easier!
Of course tyres aren’t the only part of the car that needs to be maintained to keep you safe, so why not check out our other services to find out how we can help you stay safe on the road.