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Common Tyre Problems

Whether you use your car on a daily basis or you seldom get behind the wheel, tyre problems can befall your vehicle at any time and they can cause a huge amount of inconvenience. Some tyre issues are more common than others, and this article will look into what those issues are and how you can deal with them.

Tyre pressure problems

Tyre pressure is a vital aspect of vehicle safety. If you do not take care of your vehicle’s tyre pressure, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive, it can have a serious impact on the way your vehicle behaves. Handling, braking and grip are all affected by improper tyre pressure, so ensure that you check the levels of pressure before starting any long journeys. The correct level of pressure varies depending on the type of vehicle you’re driving, so if your pressure level is below the correct amount, visit a petrol station or garage to use the tyre pressure pump. Your vehicle’s designated pressure level can be found in the manufacturer’s handbook.

Tyre Tread Issues

Tyre tread is absolutely key to the way your vehicle grips the road. Over time and with continued use, tyre tread will become worn and less effective. The legal minimum limit for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm – a simple way to measure your vehicle’s tread depth is by using a 20 pence piece. Place the coin vertically in the tread gap; if the band around the coin is visible at all, then the tread is too worn and your tyres need to be replaced.
how to check your tyre tread with 20p illustration

Excessive Speeds

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If you are constantly driving at excessive speeds, then it can increase the rate at which your tyres become worn and, therefore, less suitable for the roads. Similarly, if you hit a road hazard such as a pothole, the damage caused to your tyre and wheel can be huge. Driving at a consistent, safe speed can help keep your tyre wear at a manageable level.


If you put too much weight on your tyres by overloading your vehicle, you can cause serious damage to them. As well as affecting the way your vehicle handles, by putting excessive weight on your tyres you can cause them to overheat, which can lead to them suddenly bursting. The consequences of a tyre blowout can be fatal, so be sure to check what the load capacity of your vehicle and tyres is before you set off.

Here at Tyres Northampton, we are proud to offer the finest possible service to all our customers. Whether you need a new set of tyres for your car, motorcycle or 4×4 vehicle, we have everything you need to get you back on the road quickly with a new set of high-quality tyres. For more information, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we will be happy to help you.


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