TYRE ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS

What tyre to choose

1. What Size tyres are on my car?

Before changing tyres, it is always a good idea to know more about them. To do this, take a look at one of the sidewalls of the tyre. There are two codes which show the type of tyre the vehicle uses. If in doubt, we can always check the user manual to find out if they are compatible with our vehicle. Our... can also be a great help in choosing the right tyre.

Why are tyres important

2. Why are tyres important?

Tyres are extremely important, since they are the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road. The contact surface between a tyre and the road is an area about the size of a postcard. So it is important it is always in perfect condition. You can find the assessment you need at any First Stop centre from the best specialists, in order to change the tyres. The tyres are the most important part of the vehicle when you are driving as they make the car ride comfortable and help when you need to brake.

Tyre Tread

3. When to change the tyres

Four small strips of rubber, each the size of a postcard, is all that lies between you and potentially life-threatening situations on the road. So it is important to take great care of the tyres. They must be correctly inflated and replaced when they are worn or damaged. There is a 'wear bar' on each of these four strips ofrubber around the tyre and when this strip appears level with the tread your tyres need replacing.

How to choose a tyre

4. How to choose a tyre

The choice of the right tyre depends on the type of vehicle, driving style, place and weather.

The First Stop network provides all the details, but it is advisable to bear in mind the following recommendations before changing tyres:

Run Flat tyres

5. Run Flat tyres

Punctures often happen at the most unexpected times, and in the most awkward places, but with Run Flat tyres, you can get home safely, with no need to get out of the car on the hard shoulder, at risk to yourself.

Tyre pressure

6. Tyre pressure

The correct tyre pressure means that tyres wear properly, and help your driving experience to be more comfortable, clean and safe. Every year in Europe 55.6 million tyres are lost through being incorrectly inflated.

Tyres to suit the season

7. Tyres to suit the season

First Stop offers tyres for summer, winter and all weather conditions. It is important to remember that your tyres are the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road. This is why it is vital to bear in mind the seasonal and weather conditions, to take the right decision about what tyres to buy.

Punctures

8. Punctures

When a tyre is punctured, First Stop specialists are there to check the wheel and repair the tyres, if appropriate, in a professional, safe way.

Tyre maintenance

9. Tyre maintenance

Tyres are essential to ensure road safety. All tyres age and wear out, but proper use will extend their life. With correct maintenance and suitable driving style to match the conditions, they will carry you further and need changing less often.

Part worn tyres

10. Part worn tyres

Each year in the UK, more than 1,200 motorists are injured in an accident where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres are a contributory factor. 

To maximise the life of your tyres and enhance your safety on the roads, TyreSafe recommends regular checks of your tyre pressures, tread depth and general tyre condition.

When replacing your tyres, TyreSafe strongly recommends the fitting of new tyres.

Car bulbs and lights

11. Bulbs and headlights

Finding and replacing your faulty bulbs for your car can be tricky, so we at First Stop are here to make life easier for you. 

We will supply and fit any side light, rear light or brake light while you wait.

We can also replace your faulty headlamps, which are becoming more and more inaccessible and frustrating to change. With our help, you wont have to worry about this.  

Cambelts

12. Cambelts

Cambelts are a vital part of an engine connecting several moving parts, synchronising them to allow an engine to work. 

Put simply, when a bicycle chain comes off or breaks the end result is that you stop sharply!

The difference is that a bike chain is easy to replace and does little damage if it breaks or comes off. However, if the car cambelt breaks or comes off, it causes severe damage to the car's engine which, in turn leads to an expensive repair bill. 

Fuel and oil treatments

13. Fuel and oil treatments

New cars come with completely clean surfaces on the inside of their engines.

As mileage increases contamination builds up on these surfaces leading to: -

  • A decrease in fuel economy 
  • An increase in emissions
  • Performance and smoothness being compromised