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Investigations by TyreSafe in partnership with Trading Standards over the past five years have revealed 139 of the 152 part worn outlets visited were selling illegal and unsafe tyres to unsuspecting motorists, leaving just 13 dealers selling roadworthy tyres from inspections spanning from Scotland to London.
Tyres are arguably the most important part on your car and an essential factor in road safety as they are the only part of the vehicle in touch with the road. There are many factors that contribute toward what makes a good, safe and legal tyre. Using illegal rubber can land you with a hefty fine and points on your driving licence.
Below, Trusted Dealers provides motorists with a short guide on all you need to know about purchasing the right tyres for your vehicle.
Best tyre specialists
Being aware of the ‘premium’ tyre brands on the market is useful if you’re considering purchasing new tyres or are about to purchase a used vehicle. Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Goodyear, Continental, Dunlop and Vredestein are several brands that you’ll pay a premium for, but it is certainly worth the extra spend for the added peace of mind.
What’s your budget?
Purchasing tyres is very much a personal decision based on your budget and the type of car you’re driving. For example, tyre fitment can be vehicle specific so if you pick the wrong ones it could affect the handling of your car. If in doubt, check your service manual to see which type are recommended for your vehicle. Also, don’t be put off by cheaper tyres – budget tyres can often perform well against other premium brands.
All tyres for road use in the UK come with a standardised set of numbers on them telling you their precise size displayed in this format: 205/45 R17 91W. If broken down the digits refer to the following:
Legal tyre tread depth
The current legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, but many industry safety bodies state that 3mm is the depth at which you should consider changing tyres. You can use a 20p coin test to measure tyre tread depth by using the outer rim of the coin, which measures 2.7mm in diameter. If you can see the bottom outer rim from side-on when inserted in the shallowest part of the tyre, then it’s time to think about changing your tyres.