Summer Tyre Checks

21 Jun 2016

Summer weather in the UK is anything but consistent and it is important that your tyres are able to keep you safe on the roads in hot temperatures, sudden downpours and even floods. Make sure that you keep yourself and your passengers safe this summer with these simple tyre checks!


Change your Tyres

If you switched to winter tyres when temperatures dropped and haven’t changed them back yet, now is the time to do so! Dedicated winter tyres are not optimised for summer use and will not offer the short braking distances and aquaplaning resistance that you could expect from summer tyres.

It is advised that you change back to summer tyres when temperatures reach a consistent average of 7oc, which is usually between April and October in the UK. So, if you haven’t already, you should change your tyres back now!


Check your Pressures

You should check that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressures at least once a month and this becomes even more important during summer, as hot temperatures can increase the pressure inside your tyres. This means that if your tyres are over inflated when cold, they may be dangerously so when driving in warmer weather conditions, decreasing your road handling abilities and increasing the chance of tyre damage. Whilst you should not alter your tyre pressure for summer, unless advised by your vehicle manufacturer, you must ensure that they are not over or under inflated.

If you are taking a road trip or long journey this summer, it is also important that you remember to adjust your tyre pressures to accommodate the extra load. You can do this by following the instructions in your vehicle handbook. Learn more about checking your tyre pressure here.


Monitor your Tyre Tread

It is also important that your tyres have sufficient levels of tread so that they can keep you safe if faced with a sudden downpour. Tyre tread grips the road so that you can retain control on wet surfaces and resist aquaplaning. If your tyre tread becomes worn below 3mm, your gripping capabilities will become drastically reduced and you should think about replacing your tyres. If you choose not to replace them at this point, you should exercise extra caution whilst driving in wet conditions. UK law states that tyres with a tread depth below 1.6mm are illegal, so it is essential your vehicle is fitted with new tyres once they become worn to 1.6mm.

You can check your tyre tread depth easily at home by placing a 20 pence coin in to the grooves of your tyre. If you can see any part of the outer band within the groove then your tyres are illegal and must be replaced. You should repeat this test in three or four different places across the main grooves of your tyre. Find out more about checking your tyre tread here.


Visually Inspect your Tyres

To ensure that your tyres are safe, you should also visually inspect them for any signs of damage every month. Keep an eye out for any cuts, cracks, lumps or bulges and be sure to visit a tyre specialist if you do notice any such damage.

In summer, hot temperatures can aggravate existing tyre damage, making them more susceptible to wear or even a blowout. So, even if the damage you find seems small, you should have it checked and repaired, if possible, before it develops in to something more serious!


Replace your Tyres

If you don’t feel confident that your tyres will keep you and your passengers safe this summer, visit your local Best Buy Tyres fitting centre for a free tyre check. Our trained specialists will be able to check the condition of your tyres and advise you in the event that they need to be replaced.

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