Changing tyres: safety comes first

The lifespan of your tyres depends on a number of factors including how often you use your car, how you use it and what type of car you own. According to legal requirements, you should replace your tyres when the depth of tyre tread approaches 1.6 mm or 4 mm for winter tyres.

 

Why is this service so important?

The first and foremost reason to change tyres is your safety. The greatest danger with worn tyres is skidding when it’s wet or icy. When it rains there is a greater stopping distance and a greater risk of hydroplaning.

The illustration below shows how tyre wear affects braking distance on wet roads.

 

When should I have my tyres replaced?

  • We recommend changing tyres when the tread depth is less than 1.6 mm.
  • When it has any type of damage: bulges, cracks, punctures, perishing of the rubber, etc.
  • When it shows signs of having been run at low pressure (fatigue of the material in the area of the sidewalls).
  • When it has been used on the road for more than five years or is older than 10 years from manufacture.
  • When it shows pronounced irregular wear (differences of more than 1.5 mm).

 

How long does it take?

At First Stop, all our staff have received dedicated training and we have the latest, state-of-the-art equipment. Thanks to this, you won’t need more than 30-35 min (depending on the situation) to have four tyres fitted, balanced, and bolted.

 

What type of tyres should I choose?

Your First Stop specialist will help you to choose the best tyres according to your car and driving style. You can find more information here: link to How to choose a tyre.

 

Do I need to change all four tyres at once?

It is best to change all tyres at once to give optimal driving performance, avoiding any imbalance between old and new tyre sets. On 4x4 vehicles it is sometimes essential to replace all tyres at once to avoid issues with the 4-wheel drive system.

If you do decide to replace just two tyres, they must always be fitted on the rear axle. Having more grip on the rear axle will minimise the risk of oversteering in wet conditions which is more difficult to control than understeering. If you wish to change just one tyre you should consult a First Stop specialist who will advise you of what you can do.

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