TYRE centre norwich

We often forget about our tyres but they are one of the most important aspects of your car. They are the sole contact between your vehicle and the road. Your tyres cushion you from bumps in the road, help you to brake safely and ensure you travel in the correct direction.

Legally, your tyres are also important. If you loose control because of your tyres it could harm others and even you on the road and if your tyres are found to be in poor condition you can be fined by the police and receive points on your licence.

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TYRE PRESSURE

You should check your tyre pressure at least once a month and particularly before a long drive.

You can check your tyres for minimal cost or even sometimes free at many petrol stations. Your car’s handbook should tell you the pressure your tyres should be if you are not sure.

If your car tyre pressure is too low, your tyres won’t perform as well as they should, leading to:

They’ll always wear out eventually, but if the pressure is too low, your tyres will wear down much more quickly. Even worse, the structure of the tyre itself could be potentially damaged, which can cause a blowout.

If your tyres are 30% or more below the recommended pressure, there’s a big increase in the risk of aquaplaning. This is where your car tyres skim across the top of water on the road causing you to lose control.

Without enough air in your tyres braking will be less effective and stopping distance will increase.

Your steering won’t be as direct and the safe speed at which you can take corners will be lowered.

More fuel consumption means more CO2 Emissions which is worse for the environment.

When tyre pressure is too low there is more rolling resistance which increases fuel consumption.

Tread

Another important thing to keep an eye on is how much tread is left on your tyres. Anything under 1.6mm is illegal, but research shows that tyres with 3mm left are only 25% more effective than illegal ones – so it’s best to change them sooner!

The tyre tread is used to clear water out from under the tyre, and help prevent aquaplaning. If you haven’t got enough tread in your tyre, the tyre is much more likely to ride on top of water on the road, causing you to lose control.

Tracking

Wheel alignment, or tracking, is the process of ensuring your vehicle’s wheels are set to the optimum position, as per the car manufacturer’s specifications.

Incorrect alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.

Wheel alignment problems can be caused by hitting a kerb, driving into a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. It is important to get your wheel alignment checked annually to ensure you get the most out of your tyres.

Checking your wheel alignment regularly can prolong the life of your tyres by up to 12,000 miles and increase fuel efficiency due to the reduced rolling resistance with the road – saving you pounds at the pump.

At Spencer’s MOT and Service Centre we can check your tyres using the Hoffman geoliner.

The patented imaging technology provides accurate and real-time measurements and will check your tracking to make sure that your tyres, whether they are old or new, are not being worn unevenly.

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