10 tips for making sure your car tyres are safe

It is important to have safe tyres on your car. An unsafe tyre can affect the handling, braking, fuel consumption and comfort of your vehicle. How can you make sure your tyres are safe? Here are 10 tyre safety tips to help keep your tyres in good condition.

Check your tyres

It’s important to check the condition of your tyres regularly because you don’t want to end up stranded on the side of the road. Make sure that all tyre treads are at least 4 millimetres deep and use a tread gauge to make sure they’re not worn out. You can also find out if your car needs new tyres by feeling for any uneven areas in the rubber. If you are not sure, just come along to Arrow Tyres and we will give your tyres a free safety check.

How often should you check your tyres?

The RAC warns that drivers may need to get new tyres on average every five years. To make sure they’re safe, check their tread depth and wear periodically to avoid unsafe driving conditions as we have a lot of pot holes and rough road surfaces that can damage your tyres.

What to look out for in a tyre and its condition

Buying new tyres for your vehicle is always a good idea, but it pays to be extremely careful when choosing them always go along to a trusted tyre fitting company or garage. Don’t be taken for a ride – it is not worth the risk. An experienced tyre company can always give you an estimate (depending on your mileage) of how long your tyres might last before they need replacing, and check if any of these are low or out of shape.

Is your car due a wheel alignment?

Make sure that your tyres are in good condition and keep them inflated to the correct pressure. If you notice that they are wearing on one side, or unevenly, your wheels may need aligning. Get your wheels checked by a professional straight away. If you have any doubts about whether your suspension system is working correctly, take it to a specialist for diagnosis. Don’t forget to have an MOT every year.

Wear and tear

The wear and tear of your tyres will affect the performance of your car. When you buy new tyres, check for wear indicators on the side of each tyre. The wear indicators are an arrow that points to where the maximum limit is for safe driving. As soon as you see one of these arrows, get it replaced because it’s not safe to keep driving your car with that tyre. You should also get them checked regularly to make sure that the tread is adequate, which means that it meets minimum requirements for traction.

Conclusion

The most important thing you can do to maintain your car’s safety is to make sure that the tyres are in working order. When driving, you should check these tyres for signs of damage or wear and replace them when necessary. Make sure they’re inflated to the proper pressure. These simple steps will help your car stay safe and make it easy for you and your passengers to enjoy a ride.

CLOSURE OF OUR SOUTHWICK DEPOT

On Wednesday 9 June, 2021, we regret that we will be closing our Southwick Depot. We have sadly made this decision even though it was the first one opened by our family just over 50 years ago. Circumstances beyond our control, including renewal of lease and, the unpredictability of Covid has unfortunately led to this decision.

We would like to thank everyone in the Southwick area for their custom and friendship over the years. We would very much like to see you at our Newhaven garage where you will be assured of a first-class customer service and competitive prices on tyres, exhausts, brakes and wheel alignment.

The last day of opening at Southwick will be Wednesday 9 June. Please don’t hesitate to call us at Newhaven telephone on 01273 515128 if you don’t mind the drive over to see us.

ARE ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) TYRES DIFFERENT?

As electric vehicles continue to rise in popularity in the UK how do their tyres differ from standard tyres?

The latest Government data shows the number of battery electric vehicles (BEV) owned by individuals I the UK, rose by nearly 30,000 in the 12 months to September 2020. This is an increase of 53% on the previous year. More than one third are located in the South East and London.

While we are only beginning to see more on our roads, it appears they are becoming more popular.

Electric cars feel very similar to normal cars, but they are very quiet, and clearly very different under the bonnet.

Is the wear on tyres increased with an electric car?

Electric cars are much heavier than regular cars due to the battery requirement, so logically, there will be more wear on electric car tyres. The pressure of a larger load means an ordinary tyre won’t last as long or stand up to our demanding roads as well.

Are electric vehicle tyres more expensive?

EV tyres have been specifically designed to cope with excess weight and the instant torque of an electric vehicle. When these tyres are made, the manufacturers considered:

  • Construction methods
  • Side Wall design
  • Rubber compounds
  • Tread design
  • Groove width
  • Belt arrangements

Because more time and effort go into the development, there is a higher price tag than with a conventional car.

EV tyres will last longer

These electric vehicle tyres are impressively quiet, durable and will save you money in the long term. You will also be more aware of your surroundings when running on quiet EV tyres.

EV tyres will last longer and are designed to accommodate the vehicle’s additional weight and absorb any extra strain.

EV tyres are quieter. If you put standard tyres on a BEV, you may experience more road noise.

If you use normal tyres, expect them to wear around 30% quicker than EV tyres, and they won’t be able to handle their torque.

Like any other tyres, it is worth extending the life of your tyres by monitoring their wear. We advise checking them regularly. Making sure the tread is legal and that they are inflated to the correct pressure.

Wheel balancing and aligning

Checking if your wheels are balanced will ensure that the wear is even and equally distributed over all of your tyres.

We often get asked for wheel alignment. Did you know wheel alignment will not only improve your tyre performance and vehicle, but wheel alignment will improve fuel efficiency and make your steering more responsive? If you need one or more of your tyres changing or would like us to give your tyres a free safety check, then please pop by or give us a call. We are a friendly and experienced local tyre business which has been trading for over 50 years. We provide competitive quotes and honest advice whether you require tyres, brakes, batteries or exhausts.

Call us now for a quote or pop in to our Newhaven branch.