Despite the vital role they play in driving performance and road safety, many motorists overlook the condition of their tyres. As the only point of contact between your vehicle and the driving surface, the condition of your tyres has a huge impact on accelerating, braking, steering and cornering. As such, you must monitor their condition on a regular basis. The tyre fitters at Steve’s Tyre Bay specialise in new tyres, part-worn tyres, wheel balancing and other services to ensure you remain as safe as possible on the roads of Rochester.
Overly worn tyres offer less control, poorer grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning in wet conditions. Naturally, the more worn a tyre, the longer the braking distance. In extreme cases, tyres with considerable wear even run the risk of a blowout.
Below, we have listed 4 signs that indicate you need to replace your tyres. To discuss your own specific requirements for new tyres, part-worn tyres or supplementary services such as wheel balancing, please call us on 01795 421 700.
Clear Signs Your Tyres Need Replacing
- Not Enough Tread Depth
Brand-new tyres have a tread depth of at least 8mm. Of course, as the miles clock up, this wears away. You have the responsibility to ensure your tyre’s tread depth doesn’t drop below the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm. RoSPA and tyre fitters all strongly advise replacing tyres when their tread depth reaches 3mm.
- Tyres 10 Years Old or More
Standard car maintenance checks should keep an eye on the condition of your tyres. Services like wheel balancing will also prolong their lifespan, as will sensible driving in and around Rochester. However, when tyres reach 5 years old, you should have them inspected by professional tyre fitters. If they go on to reach 10 years old, they will almost certainly need replacing.
- A Shaky Driving Experience
If you feel more vibration than normal when driving, particularly through the steering wheel or floorboard, this could indicate problems with one of your front tyres. Quite simply, if there’s not enough tread depth, you are usually in for a bumpy ride. A good test is, if possible, to find a freshly laid piece of road. If the shakiness continues even on the smooth surface, visit our tyre fitters to discuss our range of new tyres and part-worn tyres.
- Signs of Superficial Damage
Cracks, blisters and bulges on tyres are never a good sign. Cracks in the sidewall of a tyre represent early warning signs of a possible blowout. Likewise, blisters and bulges indicate serious abnormalities in the tyre’s interior. To avoid a potentially dangerous incident on the roads of Rochester, not to mention a larger repair bill, invest in new tyres or replacement part-worn tyres.
From brand-new tyres to wheel balancing, Steve’s Tyre Bay covers every tyre and wheel-related issue for motorists in Rochester and the surrounding areas.