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Tyre safety

Tyres are a safety-relevant component of all vehicles. But a sufficient tyre safety is only guaranteed when the tyre is in good condition.

Here you can find all important information about tyre care and saftey:

Tyre Damages and Blow-Outs

Tyre damage: rusty nail in tyre

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Maybe this has already happened to you: You are travelling by car and suddenly the tyre blows. In many cases it is a close shave and a tyre change will help. But at high speeds tyre blowouts can entail serious consequences. Therefore, you should check the tyres regularly for damages because faulty tyres can always and everywhere lead to problems. Visible tyre damages may be:

  • Plans and cuts
  • Bulges
  • Notches

Due to damages of the rubber mixture water can penetrate into the tyre and cause rust inside - this weakens the material. Such a tyre damage may occur, for example, by foreign objects such as nails and stones, which burrow into the tread, but also by hard curb contacts and too little air pressure. Even a worn tread or improper storage, at which the tyre was subjected to UV radiation or oil, can lead to a blowout.

A worn profile also increases the risk of aquaplaning and extends the braking distance. When buying new tyres you should keep this is mind for the purchase decision. Reviews will help you finding the best tyres in terms of safety. In order to prevent tyre damage, you should store the tyres correctly and check them before assembling. After a blowout repairing the tyre is usually possible, but still annoying - especially if the defect could have been avoided.

Tyre Repair, Mending Car Tyres and Tyre Sealand

Tyres are not made for eternity. Most are only disposed when the tread is worn, but a blow-out can happen everytime. In the best case, a tyre repair will fix the problem. Foreign bodies or frequent contact with curbs can damage the tyre. If you do not notice, you're risking an unexpected breakdown. And then what?

Tyre Repair Kit instead of a Spare Wheel

Many car manufacturers equip new cars no longer with an emergency or spare wheel, but with a tyre repair kit. This includes a tyre sealant - after its use you have to drive to the next service station immediately, while you can cover long distances with a spare wheel. The experts at the workshop will then decide whether the tyre can be repaired or must be replaced. You can find new tyres and tyre repair kits in a wide selection on mytyres.co.uk. There are bigger chances for a tyre repair when you have quite new tyres or only a partial damage.

Tyre Blow-Outs

At best, you don't let it get to that point in the first place. Check the tyres regularly for foreign objects and other damage. If there is a nail in the tyre, do NOT pull it out - that would let the air escape even faster. You may need to increasae the air pressure - anyhow, after discovering the damage you should go to the service station soon. They will hopefully mend the car tyre. If the inner surface of the tyres is affected, a tyre repair won't be possible.

But not only stones or nails may cause a blow-out. Also frequent driving high curbs or with improper air pressure stress the tyre. Already 0.5 bar too little air pressure increase the risk of a tyre blow-out considerably. No matter what the reason is: Let the damage always check by an expert and do not repair the tyre by yourself. Only with a professional tyre repair you will be safe on the road. Compare the costs of repairing with the price for new tyres - in our online shop you can find favorable offers, which are often cheaper than a repair.

Worn Tyres

Tyre safety

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Again and again accidents happen because of worn tyres. This is not only dangerous, but can also be expensive as many insurance companies don't pay the whole damage because of a contributory fault. Worn tyres are not a minor offense and should be replaced as soon as possible by new tyres. On mytyres.co.uk the ordering process takes only a few minutes and you will get the tyre usually within four or five business days after payment.

Impacts of Worn Tyres

The danger of worn tyres can be explained best by the function of their tread. It has grooves, which collects the water on wet roads and transport it away from the tyre. So the tyre does not float on and aquaplaning can be prevented. Many small sipes improve the tyre grip on winterly roads. If the tyre is worn, this effect is eliminated and the braking distance is extended significantly - a security risk that can be reduced with new tyres.

But when are tyres called "worn"? The law requires a minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm. However, experts recommend a minimum tread depth of 3 mm for summer tyres and 4 mm for winter tyres in order to be safe on the road in any weather. You can easily measure the tread depth by yourself, for example by using a coin, but many tyres have a tyre wear indicator (TWI).

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