Did you know that one of the most common reasons for failing an MOT is having inadequate tyres? It’s worth giving your tyres a quick check every couple of weeks, especially if your MOT is due, to ensure that you’re not driving on tyres that should really be replaced. Keeping your tyres in good nick not only means you’ll save time and money on your MOT and repairs, but also that you’ll stay safe on the road with tyres that handle and grip well – even in this horrible wintry weather!
So, before your next drive, carry out these easy home checks on your vehicle’s tyres:
- Check that your tyre is fitted correctly in the wheel rim and isn’t distorted or buckled.
- Look at the sidewall of the tyre to check for splits, cuts, bulges, embedded objects or lumps.
- Check your tread depth using a 20p piece (if it’s less than 1.6mm you’re driving on illegal tyres. If it’s less than 3mm, most tyre manufacturers recommend you get a tyre change).
- Check the tread is not separating from the tyre and there are no signs of ply or cord from inside the tyre.
- Make sure the tyre valve is working and is correctly positioned.
- Check your tyre pressure is appropriate for your vehicle, load, and the season.
- Check that you have the right size, speed and profile tyres fitted! You would be surprised at how many drivers don’t…
- If you haven’t already, consider having winter tyres fitted for the colder months – they’ll help you to stay safe on wet and snowy roads.
Easy, huh? And if you find that your vehicle is in need of new tyres, give Grippy a call for a set of high quality, cheap tyres, via our mobile tyre fitting service.