Falmouth and Penryn Tyre Dealers
What do I need to know about UK tyre law?
UK law requires that your vehicle is fitted with the correct type and size of tyre for the vehicle type you are driving and for the purpose it is being used. This means fitting the right tyres and for safety ensuring that they are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.
The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.
For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3 millimetres. At 1.6 millimetres in wet weather it takes an extra car length (8 metres) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres.
A regular check of your tyres can help you to avoid 3 penalty points and £2,500 in fines (per tyre) for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit on your vehicle.
It is also a legal requirement to ensure that tyres of different construction types are not fitted to opposite sides of the same axle. The two main tyre types are radial and cross-ply, and these must not be mixed on the same axle.
Mixing brands and patterns of the same construction type is permissible depending on the vehicle type and manufacturers recommendation. Check your vehicle's handbook for tyre fitment details and options or ask Xpress to look this up for you.
Tyre Fitting Charter
- Use fully trained and qualified fitting technicians
- Check compatibility with tyres already fitted
- Advise of any existing marks on the wheel before removing it
- Advise of the most appropriate speed rating, pattern-type, and fitment for intended use
- Use state-of-the-art tyre fitting machines
- Use the latest technology for wheel-alignment
- Coat all hubs and bolts with the appropriate grease
- Fit chrome valves and caps where appropriate
- Insure correct weights are securely attached
- Clean excess speed lubricant from tyre and wheel
- Check and advise on the condition of the brake pads
- Refit wheels and tyres in clean conditions
- Remove all labels
- Insure all wheel trims are securely attached
- Torque the wheel nuts to the correct manufacturers settings
- Wheels professionally cleaned to remove brake dust, dirt, etc to look like new
- We use the latest snap on equipment for wheel alignment and balancing and we also use Super Tracker