Winer 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, increasing the importance of Winter Tyre Checks.
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 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 Winer.
- Tyre Wear
If your tread wear bars are visible, then it’s time for you to replace your tyres. It is best 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
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.
Tyres deteriorate with age and at some point, you will have to get them changed, that is if you don’t already change your tyres for Winer. You should look out for cracking and deformation in all areas of each tyre. If you have already changed your tyres for Winer, it is still advisable to check them and ensure you are road safety compliant.
- 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 manufacturers website 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 Winer tyres?
Winer tyres are advised at this time of year as they provide extra grip braking and handling performs better when driving on icy or snowy conditions. However, it is important to remember that Winer 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
Our Walkaround Checks App
Walkaround Checks is our smartphone app, fully integrated with Velocity, that makes daily vehicle checks, which includes your tyres, effortless and paper-free.
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This app is integrated with Velocity ensuring that you can manage your Fuel Cards. Telematics, Vehicle Cameras and Walkaround Checks using one system. The 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 Velocity where you can view every report. Knowing your vehicles have been checked will allow you to relax knowing your vehicles are road safety compliant. To find out more click here.