Commonly asked tyre questions
Can I check if my tyres need to be replaced?
One of the first signs may be that your car is not performing as well in wet weather, you may notice that handling or grip are reduced or even takes longer to stop. Wear of tyres is a gradual process rather than a sudden event other than punctures or tyre damge. Therefore, it can be hard to tell when your tyre needs replacing. Alastair Reid Garages recommend regular tyres checks, at least every 2 months, depending on the mileage you drive.
Can I measure tread depth?
You can purchase a depth gauge, though it is best to have your tyre checked properly as there may be other signs of wear apart from the tread. Some tyres also have tread wear indicators that show when a tyre is wearing low. If you are uncertain then please contact Alastair Reid Garages for a tyres check.
How important is tyre pressure?
The correct tyre pressure is crucial to safe operation of your vehicle. You may also need to adjust tyres pressures for different driving conditions or loading levels. Check you manufacturers handbook. Incorrect tyres pressure will reduce the overall performance of the vehcile and result in using more fuel. Correct tyre pressure keeps you safe and saves you money
Should I replace only one tyre at a time?
Generally you are best to replace all four tyres at the same time or replace them as axel sets i.e. 2 front or 2 back at same same. A single tyre can be replaced if it is worn though it may make sense to replace more than one if wear is high on the other tyres. Early replacement of other tyres can help in overall economy. If you need advice then please contact Alastair Reid Garages for a tyres check.
Is it worth fitting winter tyres?
Winter tyres are designed specifically for the general winter conditions in the UK i.e. wet, icy and low temperature driving. The compounds used to manufacture are different to summer tyres. Following recent heavy winters more motorists are opting to fit winter tyres. Winter tyres are very useful if you live in remote or rural locations or travel regularly into such areas.