Tyres – All You Need To Know

Your tyres work hard – cushioning you from bumps, maintaining responsive steering and most importantly allowing you to stop quickly if needed.

As one of your vehicle’s most important features, Simon Bailes Peugeot have carefully selected your tyres from leading manufacturers. Chosen for their reliability, performance and safety, they are perfectly suited to your Peugeot.

However, constant contact with the road means that over time your tyres will begin to wear down. Not only can this impact on your driving experience, but it also means your tyres can become unsafe and possibly illegal to use on the road.

Why is tyre tread so important?

Minimum Legal Limit Tread - 1.6mm
Recommended Minimum Tread - 3mm
New Tyre Tread - 8mm

Your safety, along with that of your passengers and other road users, can be critically linked to the condition of your tyres. If tyre tread depth falls below the legal limit of 1.6mm then any of the following can occur:

  • Road handling can be reduced
  • Braking distances can increase
  • The chance of aquaplaning is increased

What are the penalties for using illegal tyres?

Tyre tread is so important to a vehicle’s safety that there are strict penalties for using tyres with a tread below the legal requirement of 1.6mm:

Number of Illegal Tyres Fine up to Points on Licence
1 £2,500 3
2 £5,000 6
3 £7,500 9
3 £10,000 12

Driving with worn tyres is a risk definitely not worth taking.

Tyre checks you can do:

There are also a number of simple checks you can carry out yourself to ensure tyre safety including:

  • Checking the pressure every two weeks – when tyres are cold
  • Checking the tread depth of your tyres
  • Checking your tyres for damage – including cuts and cracks
  • Checking the pressure and tread depth of your spare tyre

Braking vs. Depth

When should you replace your tyres?

Although the current legal minimum for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, recent research shows that tyres with a tread below 3mm have a significantly reduced braking distance, especially in wet weather conditions.

Why choose Simon Bailes Peugeot?

  • Unrivalled expertise: all Simon Bailes’ Technicians are highly trained and regularly reassessed
  • The best equipment: Simon Bailes’ Technicians have access to the latest specialist tools and diagnostic equipment specifically designed for working with Peugeots
  • Resale value: a full manufacturer’s service and repair history will maximise the resale value of your Peugeot
  • Peugeot parts: Simon Bailes’ Technicians use parts made specifically for Peugeots, which are designed and manufactured to our exacting standards

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