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How To Tell If You Need To Change Your Tyres.

If you aren’t a car specialist, it can be difficult to tell when it’s time to change your tyres. We’ve created this guide, so you know what to look out for!

Reduced Tread Depth

The most common sign that you should change our tyres is the depth of the tread of the tyres. You should remember the legal requirement for the tread is 1.6mm, which can easily be checked with a 20p coin. The health of the tread is also shown from any cracks in the sidewall of the tyres, which indicates the tread is drying out and so could give way – calling for you to change them!
Test Tyre Tread

The Tyres Age

You should change your tyres every 5 to 6 years depending on their condition, as the chemical structure of the tyre deteriorates in this time. Tyre manufacturers state that the age is important over the amount of tread left, due to this reason.

Blisters and Slits

Whenever you check your tyres, you should check for bulges, slits, and holes on the surface of the tyre. You should really look for these as you can’t detect any air leaking out from this sort of wear-and-tear, so you might not even realise there’s an issue.

Broken Tyre

Vibrations and Noises

If when you’re driving you feel an unusual vibration then you need to stop and investigate the health of your tyres! Excessive vibration from your tyres can lead to you having a serious accident, make your vehicle a danger on the road.
Similarly, if you hear whining, thumping, or squealing whilst you’re driving, it could be due to your tyres condition or that they are not aligned correctly. Either cause of these strange noises would mean you should not drive and evaluate the state of your tyres.

Broken Car

Remember these four checks to make on your tyres in order to prepare yourself for winter this year!
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The Sinclair Guide to Winter Driving Techniques

VWwinterdrivingDriving on our busy and often poorly maintained roads can be challenging at any time of the year, but winter brings its own specific challenges. The weather can be harsh and it can also change quickly, resulting in rapidly deteriorating conditions. Before the cold weather comes, it is worth investing in a winter check to ensure battery, electrics, antifreeze and tyres are all up to scratch. Once you take to the road, a few simple precautions and techniques should see you safely to your destination.

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