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With winter drawing in and the weather getting worse, we wanted to remind you of how to look after your tyres. While some may want to switch to winter tyres, it’s worth checking over your tyres before the temperature dips to stay safe. By partnering our ServicePoint platform with National Tyres and Autocare (NTA), we can help you ensure your tyres will see you through the winter by offering tyre repair and replacements.
It’s important to think about your tyres when checking vehicle safety. They are the only link between your vehicle and the road. In fact, the area of contact between your tyres and the road surface is actually no bigger than the palm of your hand, so keeping every inch of your tyres road-worthy is imperative.
In terms of your fuel consumption, a worn tyre will have less resistance on the road, meaning it takes more fuel to push you the same distance. Worn types also have less mass and undergoes a lesser degree of compression, increasing its rigidity – so you need to use more fuel to push the tyre along.
Do you know when you need to replace your tyres? Here are somethings to look out for:
If your tyre depth is below 1.6mm anywhere across the tyre it is a criminal offence, but 3mm is the minimum recommended depth. An easy way to check your tyres is by taking a 20p and inserting it into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the ‘outer band’ of the 20p is visible, you may need to replace your tyres. If you can see your tread wear bars, it’s a sure sign to replace your tyres.
Different tyre wear:
Take note of where on your tyre there is the most wear, as this will tell you something about your tyre alignment, pressure and driving style:
Worn on the outside: Under-inflation or leaking. If only on the front tyres, you are probably taking corners too quickly.
Worn on the inside/centre: Over-inflation, increasing the risk of a blowout.
Uneven wear: On a single tyre, your wheels may need balancing or realigning, or you should replace your shock absorbers. Across all tyres – typically, your front tyres will wear faster than your back tyres, but if there is excessive wear, have your suspension checked. Conversely, if you find unusual wear on one side of your vehicle, check your wheel alignment.
Sawtooth/feathered pattern on tyre edges: Erratic rubbing against the road; check your wheel alignment.
Should I replace my tyres?
If your tyre has any of the following you should consider replacing your tyres:
- Tread wear is below 1.6mm
- A bulge or blister in the sidewall of a tyre
- A blow-out
- Lacerations or other significant damage anywhere on the tyre
- Sidewall or tread punctures larger than 0.64cm
By making NTA our preferred tyre specialist, we provide a bespoke service to cover your tyre needs, whatever the weather throws at you. To make a tyre booking you can either:
- Call 01676 591 764 and a ServicePoint representative will do the rest.
- Log on to your ServicePoint portal and click on Book. In the Work Details section, click the Tyres button and enter the job details in the Other Work Requests box. In the garage directory, enter NTA into the garage name to find the closest NTA branch to your location.
If you haven’t already got a ServicePoint account, please call us on 01676 591 764 and we can arrange this for you.
What we need to know
When you book in your tyre work, you will need the following information:
1. You will need to be able to tell us the position, brand, width, profile, size, load and speed of the current tyre on your vehicle that you would like to be repaired or replaced. You'll find this information in the following locations on your tyre.
2. If you don’t have access to the existing brand fitted, please state if you have a preference for premium, mid-range or economy brands. NTA has an extensive tyre catalogue to choose from but there are some more popular brands in the different categories that are more readily available from local branch stock to meet your requirements.
- Premium – Bridgestone
- Mid-range – Avon, Barum, Sailun
- Economy – Wanli, Westlake
3. Identify if the tyre is a ‘run flat’; this is visible on the tyre wall. There is no industry standard coding but some examples are Bridgestone – ROF, RFT or RSC; Continental – SSR; Dunlop – DSST or ROF; Goodyear – ROF or EMT; Hankook - HRB.
By knowing how to keep your tyres healthy you can beat the weather. By making sure your tyres are healthy, you can ensure your vehicles stay on the road and you stay safe.
Make sure your drivers are also aware of how to check their vehicle’s tyres and download our guide here.