A comprehensive range of car tyres – fitted while you wait
When it comes to vehicle wear and tear, your car tyres are in a league of their own. A properly-fitted tyre with ample tread depth is essential to your safety whenever you or your family make a journey. So making sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, and are not over-worn is a potentially life-saving check for any driver.
How do I know if my tyres need replacing?
The law in the UK states that your tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm tread across 75% of the wheel surface. Driving your car with tread worn beyond this limit is an offence, and could land you with a nasty fine (£2,500 per tyre!). But more importantly, your safety is potentially at risk if your tyres don't meet this requirement.
You can buy a simple tread gauge from most forecourts, so we strongly advise that you keep one handy, and make checks on a regular basis.
The law also states that your car tyres should be of a certain size and type for the car you are driving. This isn't a major cause for concern for most drivers who have their tyres supplied and fitted by a reputable garage or Unipart Centre.
You should also know that the law forbids having two separate types of tyre on either side of your axle. If in doubt, ask your local Unipart centre to check that your car conforms to legal standards.
How do I replace my tyres?
Despite the legal limit being 1.6mm, once the tread on your tyres dips below 3mm, you may begin to experience longer braking distances. So we always advise replacing tyres sooner rather than later, if your budget allows.
Generally speaking, it's not possible to change the tyre on your own, so we would always recommend finding an honest and knowledgeable local Unipart garage to do the work for you.
All of our Car Care Centres are independent, offering a wealth of local knowledge, with a common customer service ethic you can depend on. We'll recommend the perfect tyres to match your car – and your budget – and fit them for you while you wait.
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