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Tyre Safety Tips

 

1. Check your tread depth

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More tread means more grip in the wet. It’s as simple as that. Check your tread depth regularly either with a dedicated tread gauge or using the built-in tread wear indicator on your tyres. The legal requirement is that the tread grooves retain a certain minimum depth, when measured at Tread Wear Indicator (TWI), located around the circumference of the tyre. In European countries for summer passenger tyres, the figure is 1.6 mm while in several countries for certain winter models the reference is 4 mm.

Check your tread depth:

  • On all four tyres
  • In each main groove
  • In at least 2 points along the groove

 

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2. Check your tyre pressure

Tyres simply will not work without enough air. Make sure you check your pressure at least once a month and keep your tyres correctly inflated at all times. You’ll find the correct pressure for your vehicle in your operating manual and in most cases either under your fuel cap, on the inside of your door or in your glove compartment.

Check your tyre pressure:

  • When your tires are cold
  • Before long journeys
  • When carrying heavy loads
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3. Check for damage or irregular wear

Look after your tyres and they will look after you. Check regularly for any signs of irregular wear, any sharp objects lodged in the tread and any cuts, tears, cracks or bulges. If in doubt, ask a specialist!

Check for damage or uneven wear regularly:

  • On all four tyres
  • On both sides of the tyre
  • On wheel rims (which may damage your tyres)
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