Tyre Tips

It’s important to look after your tyres, so heres a few tips from our professionals at Birway to ensure you are safe and compliant at all times in your vehicle…

Legal Requirements

The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

It is recommended for safety reasons that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached as you can incur fines and points on your license per tyre. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3 millimetres.

Tyre Pressure

Check your car tyre pressures regularly. You can find the recommended car tyre pressure in your vehicle handbook. It’s also worth checking your fuel filler flap or inside the front right hand door-strip for the tyre pressure setting information. Also, carrying extra weight in your vehicle generally requires a higher car tyre pressure setting.

Remember to check your car tyre pressure settings when the tyres are cold, the same as the outside ambient temperature, and not after a long journey. Friction between the road and tyre increases the temperature of the tyre and the air inside, leading to ‘air expansion’ inside the tyre, which may result in a false pressure reading. Manufacturers recommend that you check all the Car Tyre Pressures every 2-4 weeks and that check should include the ‘spare’ tyre too.

Rotate Your Tyres

Always fit your ‘best’ tyres to the rear. If you are replacing a single tyre then this should be paired with the rear with the tyre having the most tread depth. There are some circumstances when this advice does not apply, such as:

  • Where front and rear tyre sizes are designed by the manufacturer to be different
  • Where a vehicle is designed to have directional tyres at the front and asymmetric at the rear
  • If you are not sure about the fitment on your vehicle, then contact your local centre manager for advice

Spare Tyres

The spare tyre provides the means to get you on your way should one of your car tyres fail. You never know when or where a tyre may suffer a puncture and lose all its air pressure, so the spare tyre is as important as those in daily use.

It is therefore vital to familiarise yourself with the location of the tools you need to change a tyre, like the car jack and a wheel wrench to remove the bolts. It is also useful to carry a pair of gloves in your boot; changing a car tyre can be a dirty job and one that you may need to do under difficult circumstances.

Being prepared and having a good-fully-inflated spare tyre can help to get you out of a jam when you need to most

Run Flat Tyres

Run flat tyres enable vehicles to be driven, at reduced speeds for a limited time until they can be replaced. These are specialist tyres with reinforced sidewalls allowing the tyre to support the vehicles weight even when all the air has escaped.

Space saving spares

‘Mini spares’ are designed to take up less room in your vehicle and to get you home, but not to be driven on for long periods. Many of the space savers can not be used at speeds over 50mph; consult your space saver wheel or vehicle handbook for specific details

If you get a puncture you need to know:

Locking Wheel Nuts

If you have them fitted do you know where the unlock key is?

Jack

Most car jacks seize up because they are rarely used, so we recommend you lubricate the thread and wind it up and down to free it off, once a year at least.

Spare Wheel

Make sure you have one and when was the last time you checked it to see if it was legal and inflated?

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