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Tyres From Haynes

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Stay in touch with the road

Your tyres are your only contact with the road and each tyre touches an area roughly the size of your hand. Our specialists advise and guide you in considering the right choice of tyre, offer brand names at attractive prices and check all safety components during the course of tyre fitting.
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Safer tyres mean safer driving

Tyres are a key safety feature of your vehicle, e.g. worn tyres could mean that your braking distance could increase by up to 70% on a wet road. The correct tyres, pressures and wear levels ensure that your vehicle performs properly in all conditions.​ 


Stay on the right side of UK tyre law

To protect driver safety, the Government has introduced several laws relating to tyre choice and wear.
  • It is illegal to use unsuitable tyres
The law requires that you fit your vehicle with the correct type and size of tyre for the kind of vehicle you’re driving and the purpose for which you’re using it.​ This also means ensuring that they’re inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.​ 
  • It is illegal to use over-worn tyres
The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 mm across the central three quarters of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.​ 
For safety reasons, Ford Motor Company recommends that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached, and preferably at 3 mm (78% worn) as tyre tread depth has a huge impact on braking distance.​ 
If you’re found to have tyres fitted that are worn beyond the legal minimum limit, you could be penalised with three penalty points and a £2,500 fine. Another good reason why we recommend regular tyre checks.​ 
  • It is illegal to mix tyres of different types
The law states that tyres that are constructed differently must not be fitted to opposite sides of the same axle. The two main tyre types are radial and cross-ply.​ 
You’re allowed to mix brands and patterns of the same tyre type, so long as it’s appropriate for your vehicle and meets with the manufacturer’s recommendation.​ 

Safety Triangle

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Safety Triangle

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Look after your tyres, shock absorbers and brakes
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Your tyres form an interconnected ‘safety triangle’ with your shock absorbers and brakes. But if any element is not functioning correctly, your safety triangle becomes a warning triangle that’s not to be ignored.

Shock absorbers
It’s easy to overlook shock absorbers, but they’re absolutely crucial for safety.
Of course, they do wear out though. Signs of worn shock absorbers include longer braking distances, bouncing at the front of the vehicle when you brake hard, ‘swinging’ as you corner and uneven tyre wear.​ 
Shock absorbers that are 50% worn can increase your stopping distance at 30 mph by half a vehicle’s length, while ABS and ESP won’t work properly either. And since tyres, brakes, wheel bearings, steering components, engine mounts and drive shafts are linked together, one worn component can result in all the others being affected.

Brakes
If your brakes have become worn, tell-tale signs include: your brakes feeling soft, your wheels locking more quickly than usual, having to press the pedal down further than usual for the brakes to work, your brakes being noisy when you apply them and the brake fluid level dropping in the reservoir.
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