Tyres are one of the most important safety related features on your vehicle. This page is designed to make you aware of some of the more important points to observe.
Tyre technology continues to become more complex, with correct type and fitment being vitally important for safety, performance and legality. Abby Tyres' staff have the knowledge and experience to give sound and impartial advice. We carry a very comprehensive range, and non-stock items can often be sourced same day.
- The tyre should not have less than 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the breath of the tyre and around the entire circumference.
- The tyres must be free from cuts and bulges, and inflated to the correct pressure.
- It is a legal requirement to run your tyres at the correct pressure.
- Low tyre pressures will reduce road grip, increase tyre wear and raise fuel consumption.
Each illegal tyre risks a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points on your driving licence.
Surprisingly, because of the vagaries of the UK tyre law, a legal tyre may not be a safe tyre, and tyres that have just passed an MOT test are not necessarily safe or in sound condition!
Each illegal tyre risks a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points on your driving licence. Some country's tyre laws are stricter than in the UK so you need to be mindful of this when driving abroad.
A vehicle's insurance can be invalidated if it is proven that a vehicle's tyres are knowingly of an unserviceable or illegal condition, or are of incorrect specification for that vehicle.
With major manufactures such as Michelin producing 500+ different sizes and types of car tyre alone, it has become all too easy to get misquoted on tyre type and price.
New tyres should ideally be fitted to the rear of the vehicle for safety, (even on front or four-wheel drive cars). Mixing tyres with a different specification can cause steering and handling problems, and may even fail the MOT test.
Some tyres are designed to be fitted only as pairs or in sets of four. Failure to do this can result in unpredictable handling, ABS (braking) problems and even transmission damage on specific vehicles - eg BMW X5.