Every vehicle needs safe tyres

Every vehicle on the road needs tyres. Every vehicle needs value tyres with good braking, wet grip, fuel consumption and low noise.

Poor tyre condition is one of the leading causes of vehicles failing the NCT/CVRT and of road traffic accidents.

-          Tyre tread depth below 1.6mm?

-          Cuts or bulges?

-          Mismatched tyres on the same axle?

These are some of the causes of test failures and road accidents.

Second-hand/part worn tyres. Cheap tyres. Budget tyres. Premium tyres.

There is a significant price difference among the ranges of tyres so choosing the right tyres can be a daunting process.

Poor tyre condition can lead to road collision

Between 2008 and 2012, 983 fatal collisions occurred on Irish roads claiming the lives of 1,077 people, according to RSA statistics.

-          Tyres were a known contributory factor in 66 (8%) of the 858 collisions

-          Tyres accounted for almost two thirds (64.1%) of the 101 vehicle factors cited as contributory to the collision

-          Tyres were very prevalent as a factor in single vehicle crashes (74.1%) when compared with 2 or more vehicle crashes (57.6%)

Why is that so?

Because of defective tyres.

-          Over half (51.5%) of the tyre condition on the 66 vehicles were rated as excessively or dangerously worn

-          10.6% were underinflated, some dangerously low

-          6% were a combination of excessively worn, underinflated, wrong size or fitted in the wrong direction

(Source: RSA Vehicle Factors, Fatal Collisions 2008-2012)

Don Monaghan of First Stop Donegal Tyres, commented on the condition of some tyres that arrive at their Tyre depot.

“We regularly see tyres on cars that are illegal and would attract penalty points if checked by Gardaí.  Sometimes we will be asked to fix a puncture on a car and when we check the other tyres we can find that two or three of them are worn below the 1.6mm legal limit. When we point this out to driver of the car , in many cases they do not get them changed and opt to take their chances.  Cars like this are potentially dangerous as you don’t know when a badly worn or otherwise damaged tyre will suddenly fail”.

There is a fixed fine of €80, with two penalty points endorsed on the licence if you drive a vehicle with defective or worn tyres (RSA).

Tyres make a huge difference

You don’t have to necessarily buy a full set of new premium top of the line tyres. Budget tyres will serve you well if you choose a reliable and trusted brand.

Remember to do regular checks and visual inspections of your tyres. Make sure you meet safety requirements to drive on Irish roads.

There are many hidden dangers of cheap and part worn tyres. We at First Stop want to help you to make an informed decision when purchasing tyres. In this blog post we discuss the benefits of premium and mid-range, over cheap and part-worn tyres.


Premium tyres deliver the highest possible standards of safety. With part worn tyres don’t have the tread depth you get with new tyres. Cheap tyres can also potentially affect your ability to stop. Good tyre tread depth is essential in ensuring you can brake safely in dry and wet conditions.

Mid-range tyres aren’t as good as premium tyres but are a safer option than cheap and part worn tyres. If you’re on a mid-range and still need safe tyres, we at First Stop offer a full range of mid-range tyres to suit your needs.


Premium tyres are safer and a cost-effective investment. Quality tyres are less expensive in the long run. You won’t have to replace quality tyres as often as you will with part worn tyres. Premium tyres last longer, thanks to the higher quality materials and manufacturing standards.

Cheap and part worn tyres will need more intervention. 


Do tyres affect fuel consumption?

Your tyres affect everything, including your vehicle’s fuel consumption. Tyres affect vehicle fuel efficiency through rolling resistance - the pressure that a rolling tyre puts on the road.

Quality tyres represent an easy way to make your vehicle more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.

Uneven tyre pressure causes unnecessary wear that severely shortens the lifespan of your tyres. Tyres with low rolling resistance cut the amount of energy required to move a vehicle therefore saving fuel and wear on the tyre itself.

Still unsure which tyres you need? Here at First Stop we will take you through all your options. Find your nearest First Stop outlet at https://www.firststop.ie/en-ie/find-your-shop.