Tyre Safety | Thame Cars

Tyre Safety and the Law

Stay safe on the road by looking after your tyres and ensuring they are compliant with UK road laws.

If you are unsure if your vehicle’s tyres are safe and would like to arrange a quick tyre check please call the service team on 01844 390 560

Tyre Pressures

Having the correct tyre pressures in your vehicle is important as it allows you to maximise fuel efficiency, maintain breaking distances and handling, and also extends the life of the tyre.

The correct pressures required for the front and rear tyres will be specified by the car’s manufacturer. To check what the correct tyre pressures are for your vehicle you will need to refer to the owner’s manual, or in many cars you will find a sticker on the inside edge of the driver’s door or fuel cap with this information.

Tyre Pressure Check
Tyre Inspection

Tyre Inspection
Tyre Trim

Why choose Thame Cars for your tyres?

Your vehicle’s tyres will wear gradually over time so it may be difficult to notice a gradual decrease in their performance.

Tyres become worn for many different reasons such as over or under inflation, incorrect wheel alignment/tracking, age and usage, and harsh braking.

It is important to check each tyre's level of tread to assess whether the tyre is above the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm measured across 3/4 of the tyre width. The penalties for driving with tyres below the legal limit can include penalty points on your license and a cash fine of up to £2,500 per tyre.

Wheel Balancing and Alignment

Each wheel on your vehicle must be correctly balanced to ensure that it rotates evenly. A set of correctly balanced wheels will give you a smooth ride and help you avoid unnecessary tyre wear. 

The signs that your vehicle requires its wheels balancing are vibrations felt through the steering wheel or car floor. Commonly the vibrations are felt when your drive above a certain speed so driving on a dual carriage way or motorway can be a good way to check if you have a problem.

Your vehicle’s wheels can move out of alignment when they are involved in small incidents such as hitting a curb or driving through a pothole. When wheels become misaligned your car tyres wear more quickly, you increase your fuel consumption, and your road handling will be affected. You may notice that your car is pulling to one side when you lightly hold the steering wheel in a straight line. This is a sure sign that something is wrong and you should arrange to have your car checked.

Wheel Alignment
Ford Steering Wheel

We offer a free wheel alignment check to assess whether any alignment work is required.

To book your free check call the service team on 01844 390 560