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Does your car need new tyres? Here at Orange Tyres Ltd, we can help you.
Having the correct tyres, in good condition, for your style of driving can make a world of difference to your driving experience. You should check your tyres to ensure they are at the correct pressure and that they have a legal amount of tread on them at least once a month and before any long journeys.
You should remember to check that your tyre pressure is at the correct rating for the load your car is going to be carrying. Your tyre pressure ratings are usually found on the inside of the fuel flap.
How to check your Tyre Tread Depth?
The legal minimum tread depth of any tyre driving on the roads of the United Kingdom is 1.6mm, around the entire circumference of the central three quarters of the tyre.
You can check your tyre tread depth using a 20p piece. All you need to do is place the edge of your 20p into the main tread groove. If the outer band of the 20p is not visible, our tyre tread is above the legal limit.
If you can see the outer band of the 20p, your next call should be to Orange Tyres Ltd, on 01889 562222 to arrange fitting for your new tyres! When performing the 20p test, you should test at least three separate locations around the tyre to take a decent sample of the tread depth around the circumference of the tyre.
The Importance of Correct Tyre Pressure
Ensuring you have the correct pressure in your tyres is vital for both safety and the life of your tyre.
Your tyre pressures should be checked at least monthly, including the spare and before any long distance driving. Make sure the pressures match those recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If possible they should be checked cold, if they are checked hot, then add 4 to 5 psi (0.3 bar) to the recommended pressures. It is always worth checking the condition of the tyre both sides and the tread, as well as the condition of the valve and the wheel.
3 Main Reasons for Correct Tyre Pressures
If your tyres are under inflated they can overheat increasing the chances of them bursting. It can also lead to your vehicle handling poorly. Low pressure on the front axle will increase under steer (fig. 1) whereas low pressure on the rear axle will increase over steer (fig. 2).
Over inflated or under inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and therefore need to be changed more frequently. Vehicles with under inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance that requires more fuel to maintain the same speed.
Correct tyre pressure helps to maintain optimum fuel efficiency. This equates to lower CO2 emissions from your vehicle and helps protect the environment.
If you have any questions about our tyres and tyre fitting services don’t hesitate to call Orange Tyres on 01889 562222 or send us a message using our Online Contact Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible