How to check that your tyres are safe

Author Name – Jack Underwood

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Regularly inspecting your car tyres is an essential part of car maintenance that can save you from unforeseen troubles and costs. Regular inspections of your tyres can help you identify potential issues early and prevent bigger problems down the line. In this article, we'll cover everything you need to know to inspect your car tyres and identify any problems.

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Your tyres are a pretty key part of staying safe on the road - in fact, every year, dangerous tyres lead to around 5,000 convictions, 900 casualties, and 160 deaths or serious injuries. Not only that, but illegal tyres can actually end up costing you more than the price of a new set: you could face fines of up to £2500 and 3 points on your licence per illegal tyre, not to mention that if you're found to have illegal tyres in an accident, it can actually invalidate your insurance.

Thankfully, we're here to make sure your tyres are road-safe. Book a free tyre check online and one of our friendly technicians will be happy to take a look.

What should I look for when inspecting tyres?

In this article, we'll give you 5 quick and easy steps to ensure that your tyres are safe and give you the peace of mind that your tyres have been inspected correctly.

Check the tyre tread depth

The first thing you need to check is the tread depth of your tyres. Tread depth is the depth of the grooves in your tyres, and it's essential to check them regularly.

The easiest way to check your tread depth is to conduct the 20p test. All you need to do is insert a 20-pence coin into the groove of the tyre, if you can see the outer edge of the coin, then your tyres could be close to the legal limit. If this is the case, you should book in at your local National Tyres branch for a FREE tyre inspection.

Inspect the sidewalls

Next, you need to inspect the sidewalls of your tyres. Look for any cuts, bulges, or cracks. If you notice any of these issues, it's time to replace your tyres. These problems can cause your tyres to potentially blow out and can be extremely dangerous, especially at high speeds.

Check for uneven wear

Uneven wear on your tyres can indicate a problem with your car's wheel alignment or suspension. Look for signs of uneven wear, such as one side of the tyre wearing down faster than the other. Uneven wear can cause your tyres to wear out faster, which can be costly. If you notice uneven wear, it's best to have your car inspected to identify the root cause of the problem.

Check the tyre pressure

Tyre pressure is critical to your car's performance and safety. It's essential to check your tyre pressure regularly to ensure that your tyres are inflated to the proper level. Use a tyre pressure gauge or check your tyre pressures online below.

Check your tyre pressure online

Look for foreign objects

Finally, inspect your tyres for any foreign objects, such as nails or screws, that may have punctured your tyre. If you find any foreign objects, do not attempt to remove them yourself. Instead, take your car to your local National branch and one of our team will be able to inspect this for you.

Book a Free Tyre Check

We recommend you check your tyres on a monthly basis at an absolute minimum to stay safe on the roads and keep others safe too. However, if you regularly drive long distances, you should check your tyres before every long journey. If you would like the extra peace of mind that your tyres are safe, why not book a free tyre check at your local National Tyres branch?

We'll inspect the condition of your tyres, including your tread depth, tyre pressure, and generally look to spot any potential problems before they cause a larger issue. To book a free tyre check, please click on the button below.

Book Tyre Check

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