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Winter Tyre Checks


Winter is without doubt the most dangerous time of year to be driving as road conditions can become extremely dangerous, coupled with an increase on the amount of vehicles on the road. Being extra cautious and checking your vehicle daily is the minimum that every driver should be doing, but the most important check you can make is your tyres. There are other checks that you should be making and we have talked about them in a separate blog which you can read by clicking here.

There are four different checks you should take into consideration when checking your tyres, they are the tyre wear, pressure, age and tread depth. We’re going to go through each of these in detail and give you the insight and knowledge you need to check your tyres this winter.

  1. Tyre Wear

If your tread wear bars are visible, then it’s time for you to replace your tyres. It is advisable to check each of your tyres and find the one area where there is the most wear. The following will detail what you should be looking out for and what it means about your tyre alignment and pressure;

  • Worn on the outside – either your tyres are under-inflated or there is leaking
  • Worn on the inside – your tyres are over-inflated, which increases the risk of a blow out
  • Uneven wear – if only on a single tyre, your wheels may need balancing or realigning. If uneven wear is across all tyres, have your suspension and wheel alignment checked
  • Feathered pattern on tyre edges – this is caused by erratic rubbing against the road, you should check your wheel alignment
  1. Pressure

Regardless of the time of year, you should be checking your tyre pressure once per month, with the best time being when they are cold or cool. You will be able to find your tyre pressure by checking your manual guide or by visiting your car manufactures website.

  1. Age

Tyres deteriorate with age and at some point you will have to have them changed, that is if you don’t already change your tyres for winter. You should look out for cracking and deformation in all areas of each tyre. If you have already changed your tyres for winter, it is still advisable to check them and ensure you are road safety compliant.

  1. Tread Depth

Tread depth below 1.6mm anywhere on your tyre is illegal and should be changed immediately. 3mm is the recommended tread depth but it is advisable to check your manual guide and car manufacturer as each vehicle specification is different. If your tread depth is below the recommended depth or manufacturer guide, your stopping distance can be adversely affected.

Other great advice

Should I get winter tyres?
Winter tyres are advised at this time of year as they provide extra grip and braking and handling perform better when driving on icy or snowy conditions. However, it is important to remember that winter tyres are not suitable for other periods of the year and should be changed accordingly.

Should I change my tyres?
If your tyres have any of the following you should consider changing them;

  • Tread depth is below 1.6mm
  • Sidewall or tread punctures larger than 0.64cm
  • A bulge or blister in the sidewall of the tyre

Going that extra mile
You can take extra measures that will not only prepare your vehicles for the winter conditions, but also every other month of the year. Fuelwise Fuel Card Integration is an industry leading GPS tracking system that will provide you with the insights and data you need to change every aspect of your fleet but ultimately reduce your costs and prolong the lifetime of your vehicles.

Fuelwise Fuel Card Integration comes with a Walkaround App that you can use to check your vehicles. This app can be downloaded to your Smartphone and as you complete each individual check and put the information into your phone, it is automatically sent to your system. With this you will be able to ensure that the tread depths of your tyres are always road safety compliant.

Furthermore, with Fuelwise Fuel Card Integration you can provide feedback to your drivers and advise them on what driving behavioural changes they need to make to adapt to the winter conditions. Not only will this information increase the safety of your drivers, it will also improve driver behaviour which will prolong how long your tyres can be used, reducing your vehicle maintenance expenditure.

To find out more regarding Fuelwise Fuel Card Integration you can visit our dedicated page by clicking here or you can speak to a member of our team by calling us on (NI) 028 7032 7800 or (ROI) 1890 702 800.