There are some rules that all road users need to be aware of in relation to tyres and these are outlined below.
It is an offence to use a tyre that:
Other things that should be considered are:
Inevitably like many other things, tyres degrade with age, especially if the vehicle is not used very often. This can lead cracks in the side walls. Whilst there are no hard and fast rules against the age of tyres, if they are considered dangerous they are both a danger to the driver and other road users. Moreover, tyres with age related cracks could lead to an offence being committed. It is better around to have the tyres checked by an expert and, where necessary, replaced.
Whilst the legal limit for tyres is 1.6mm (Cars, goods vehicles e.g. vans, not exceeding 3500kg), in tests conducted by the Motor Industry Research Association found that tyres which are below 3mm have a much longer stopping distance. The tread depth needs to be in a complete band around the tyre - there should be no points where the tread depth goes below 1.6mm.
Most tyre manufacturer’s incorporate a feature called a Tread Wear Indicator or Mould Bar which is a line of rubber found 1.6 mm in between the tread pattern. As the tyres wear down, the Tread Wear Indicator becomes more visible and once it is flush with the outer surface of the tread, you have reached 1.6 mm. Ideally you will have replaced your tyres prior to this event but if not, you should book an appointment immediately. Not only is there a safety risk but it is an offence to drive a vehicle with less than the required tread and offenders can expect points and a fine for each tyre that fails to meet the standards.
|Type of vehicle||Minimum tread depth|
|Cars, goods vehicles e.g. vans, not exceeding 3500kg Trailers and caravans not exceeding 3500kg||At least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference|
|Most other vehicles e.g. busses, large goods vehicles etc.||At least 1mm throughout a continuous band across at least 3/4 of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. The original tread pattern must be clearly visible in the remaining quarter. At least 1mm where the original pattern did not extend beyond three-quarters of the breadth of the tread.|
|Motorcycles over 50cc||At least 1mm throughout a continuous band across at least 3/4 of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. The original tread pattern must be clearly visible in the remaining quarter. At least 1mm in where the original pattern did not extend beyond three-quarters of the breadth of the tread.|
|Mopeds and motorcycles not exceeding 50cc||The original tread pattern must be clearly visible|
Competition is healthy because it provides more choice, the opportunity for better pricing and ensures that businesses are obliged to go above and beyond. We believe there is nothing wrong with this because it keeps us all on our toes.
It also means that local tyre companies don't have to bow to the pressure placed on them by major national tyre chains. Keeping the prices keen also means that a lean, busy tyre company does not have to try and compete with mobile tyre fitting companies that have no overheads to contend with.
We believe that local tyre companies are here to stay and will thrive in a competitive market, especially when local customer reward our efforts with increased and ongoing patronage. Help your local tyre company to reward you with best prices, best practice and best service!
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Tyres in Cheddar™ offer a range of related services to their customers including, but not limited to;
We supply tyre services for any of the following vehicle types;
In addition to the supply and fitting of tyres we also offer the following vehicle services;
Our tyre services start at just £29.95 including supply, balancing and fitting.