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car tyre swing

At its last MOT our cars tyres came back borderline okay, so we were given a reminder on checking your tyres with a plan to have them replaced at the car’s service. The legal limit is 1.6mm, anything under 3mm can seriously compromise performance and safety. Tyres can seem expensive, but a stitch in time really does replace nine, from a safety and a fuel consumption perspective. Here are five little motoring life hacks I use to help me keep on top of car tyre safety. Many of them come courtesy of Point S Car Tyres.

1. Keep a record of all appointment/due dates for car stuff on the calendar – insurance renewal, service, MOT. If the garage ask you to look out for something or come back in a couple of months put that on the calendar too, or the time will slip by before you know it. I used to use the government MOT text reminder, but it has been scrapped, helpful eh?

2.  Checking your tyres is easy.

Either use a dedicated gauge, the legal limit is 1.6mm, anything under 3mm can seriously compromise performance and safety. But chances are you won’t have one to hand, or need one.


Use the Tread Wear indicator:


The Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) is a raised section moulded into the grooves of a tyre. There may be several TWIs around the tyre’s circumference and they can be located by finding a small triangle marked TWI on the shoulder of the tyre. The triangle points towards the TWI. The TWI is approximately 1.6mm high and when the tyre has worn down to the point where the tread blocks are level with the raised TWI, it should be replaced.

If you find yourself at the point of needing a replacement tyre or tyres, Point S car tyres dealers are a leading network of car tyre dealers in the UK who would be happy to assist.

3. Keep on top of tyre pressure when you refuel. If the kids get involved it can become a fun thing to do, rather than a chore, and a useful lesson for them. Each car comes with recommended pressures which you will find in the sill of the driver’s door or inside the fuel cap. Tyres will wear unevenly if not at the right pressure, causing you unnecessary expense. Under inflated tyres cause blowouts which are a common cause of fatalities.

4. Always replace tyres in 2s or 4s, never singly as they will wear unevenly.

5. Check any shaking, steering to one side issues with a reputable garage asap as incorrect wheel alignment also ruins your tyres.

You don’t have to know a lot to stay safe in the car, and much as I would like to remain ignorant of the heap of metal that gets me from A to B, I have come to realise the benefits of having even the most basic car knowledge.

Are you good at checking your tyres?


I'd love to know your thoughts!