A valid MOT certificate for your car is mandatory for driving on the roads of UK. Making matters a little complex is the fact that you need to renew your MOT every year. As you may know, the condition of your entire car, including your wheels and tyres, determines whether you pass the test.
Faults with your tyres result in 7.4% of MOT failures. Simple reasons such as, not having a tread depth above 1.6 mm can cause you to fail in your MOT check. Hence, maintaining an appropriate tread depth will allow you to tick off one of the major parameters to pass an MOT in Spalding or anywhere else in the UK.
Even though 1.6 mm is the minimum allowable depth, you should opt for changing your tyres, whenever your tread depth nears 2 mm. Driving with a shallow tread depth can lead to multiple problems. Some of them are:
Increase in your car’s stopping distance. Studies show, that at the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm stopping distance increases by 36.8% on asphalt.
Eroded tyres can result in a deadly situation on wet roads, by increasing the risk of hydroplaning. When the grooves aren’t deep enough, your car’s tyre cannot channel out water. Hydroplaning causes the tread to skim over the water layer. As a result of hydroplaning, your vehicle stops responding to the steering wheel, momentarily. As one can imagine, such a situation is primed for accidents.
Most people fail to notice the rapid erosion of their tyre treads until the symptoms start to show. Common judgement errors lead to rapid tread erosion. The most common is using the wrong set of tyres during the wrong time of the year. You should always fit summer tyres in Spalding when the temperature goes above 7°C. And when the temperature falls below 7° C, replace them with the winter variants.
The reason for changing tyres with the seasons
Summer tyres can endure the high heat generated due to friction with heated tarmac. Most such tyres guarantee high-grip on both wet and dry roads due to their unique tread pattern and compound. Also, they provide high cornering stability and mileage performance at hotter temperatures.
Winter tyres, due to their softer rubber compounds, do not harden up during cold weather conditions. They also have wider tread blocks with numerous sipes, that provide excellent traction on wintry road conditions.
Few things you can do to avoid the problems arising out of worn tyres
Keep optimal alignment of wheels
Maintain appropriate wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment, it will show in the form of uneven tread wear. Different alignment issue results in a different kind of tyre erosion, namely camber wear and feather wear.
Fit matching tyres on all four wheels
You must always fit tyres of same make and model on all four wheels. Tread patterns and composition of the material must be precisely the same. Different tyre tread design will vary the traction between your car’s wheels which can be extremely discomforting while driving.
Fit the right tyres
Apart from considering summer and winter tyres, you must keep tyre specification in mind while selecting new tyres.
So, head over to a professional auto garage, where you can get expert tips on choosing the right tyres. For instance, Matmore Motors have an extensive collection of tyres and can guide you on selecting the best set.