THE IMPORTANCE OF TYRE SAFETY

Tyres are a key safety feature for your vehicle. Checking that your vehicle always has the correct tyres, tyre pressures and tread depth, is vital to your vehicle safety and performance.

Should you need to replace older, worn tyres, the best place to bring your Ford is into your Ford Dealer. Our specialists can advise you on relevant tyre safety laws, show you what to look out for when checking your tyres, and will be happy to guide you in finding the right new tyre for your Ford, based on your driving patterns and available budget.

We offer brand names at attractive prices, including parts and labour, and will check all wheel components for you during the course of the tyre fitting.

TYRE PRESSURE

Tyre pressure is vital to your vehicle’s performance. Too little or too much air pressure can wear your tyres out faster, which can increase fuel consumption.

It’s important to check tyre pressure regularly when your tyres are cold, as warmer measurements after a long journey will not be accurate. Always screw valve caps on tight and replace lost caps immediately, otherwise the valves will begin to leak pressure.

You should always fill your spare tyre with 0.1 to 0.3 bar of extra pressure. However, pressure should never exceed the maximum level for driving with a full load. Your owner’s manual can tell you how much pressure your tyres need. Or, if you’re not sure, just ask your Ford Dealer.

TYRE TREAD

Remember to check the tread depth of your tyres. Wear indicators in the tyre grooves will show you if the tread has reached the legal minimum of 1.6 mm. Standard summer tyres should be checked regularly when the tread depth reaches 3mm. Winter tyres with tread depth below 4 mm, could result in loss of grip when driving on snow. Worn tyres can affect handling. On wet roads, worn tyres can increase breaking distance by up to 70%. As well as being dangerous, it’s also illegal to continue to drive with a tread depth of 1.6 mm or less.

TYRE AGE

Make sure your tyres aren't too old. The general rule is that a tyre lasts around six years. After this, it should be changed – even if it looks like new and has hardly been used. The age of your tyres can be found on the side wall as a coded production date, e.g. ‘0702’, and ‘07’ indicated week 7 and ‘02’ signifies 2002. until 31st December 1999, a ‘<‘ appeared after the third digit. If you have a tyre this old, please change it immediately. This applies to your spare tyre as well.

TYRE INFLATION

The right specification of tyre can help to keep your fuel consumption down. If your tyres are underinflated, you’ll use more fuel. Filling your tyres 0.1 or 0.3 bar over the recommended level helps reduce road resistance. However, you should never exceed the maximum pressure recommended for driving with a full load.

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TYRE SAFETY CHECK

Tyres are a key safety feature for your vehicle. Worn tyres can increase your braking distance by up to 70% on wet roads. Checking that you have the correct tyre pressures and wear levels is vital to your vehicle safety and performance. That’s why many of our Ford Dealers are offering a free tyre safety check, which includes a tread depth check.

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