Your Frequently Asked Tyre Questions
We could go on and on about tyre safety, and we usually do. However, instead of just telling you what you need to do, TyreSafe and Kumho have answered your frequently asked questions regarding tyre safety!
- How often should I check my tyres?
You should ideally be inspecting your tyres on a monthly basis or before any long journey. It is essential you keep a close eye on your tyres during the winter months. When checking, include the air pressure, tread depth and overall condition (including the spare).
- Where can I take my tyres?
We have plenty of Kumho dealers that will be more than happy to inspect your tyres and supply you with more (if needed of course!).
Find your local dealer here: http://kumhotyre.co.uk/dealer-locator/
- What is the minimum legal tread depth and why should you not exceed it?
We’d like to hope you all know this one…but we couldn’t leave it off the list! UK law requires car and van drivers to have at least 1.6mm of tread.
Those who fail to comply with regulations could face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each tyre. Incentive enough to check them monthly!
Tread depth is also essential for good grip on slippery roads, as the tread pattern helps remove the water from between the tyre and road surface. If your tread depth is below the minimum requirement, you may face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and a higher chance of aquaplaning.
- Why is tyre pressure important?
If tyres are under or over inflated, handling and grip can be reduced, causing irregular or unpredictable car behaviour. You are also more at risk of a blowout and your car may be more susceptible to damage.
Over-inflated tyres give you less contact with the road, which results in less grip and a less comfortable ride. If your tyre is correctly inflated, your tyre will not only last longer but reduce running costs. Double bonus.
- Where can I find the correct tyre pressure?
If you can’t be bothered to search through the manufacturers’ handbook, you’ll also find the info inside the fuel cap or drivers door. You can also ask your local tyre dealer, who will be more than happy to help!
- What causes irregular wear?
From scuffing your tyres against kerbs to aggressive driving, irregular wear can be caused by a number of factors. Check your tyres monthly for signs of wear.
- How many miles will my tyres last for?
Tyre life is very much dependent on how they are used. If your tyres are used exclusively on motorways and are well maintained, you are much more likely to return a higher mileage against tyres that are badly treated or those used largely in urban environments.
- Why should I have winter tyres?
When the weather drops below 7 degrees celsius, tyre tread can harden meaning less grip on the road. Winter tyres are designed to combat this and cope with the snow and ice, remaining pliant in cold temperatures, providing more grip and shorter stopping distances.
- Do I need all new tyres at the same time?
Ideally, we’d recommend fitting new tyres at the same time, however if this is not possible, try to fit tyres as a pair. Before you replace tyres, seek advice from a tyre retailer (we have plenty of expert dealers nearby to help!).
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