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There are many reasons for why you need to replace your motorcycle tyres. Ranging from uneven tyre wear to cupping, we will show you when to replace motorcycle tyres and why contacting Pontypool accident & repair centre to replace them.

Do You Need New Motorcycle Tyres

As we said above there are a number of reasons why you need to replace your motorcycle tyre. We will list the main ones below: –

– Tyre Wear- This is one of the most common signs that your tyres need replacement. An issue with all tyres and if your tyres are too worn, they can result in less grip on the road.
– Tyre Tread- look at the shape of the tyre, if the tyre is in worn into a squared position. This shows the tyres are starting to wear from the centre part of the tread, and they need to be replaced.
– Cupping or Scalping- tyres worn out along the length of the tread, which can lead to poor stability. If you’ve noticed your tyres getting scalped from the sides, if you notice this issue, get you suspension check too. Scalping can have an effect on the suspension system.
– Tyre Age- Remember the older you tyre the less they work for your motorcycle efficiently, if you are unsure of the age of your tyres get them checked at your local garage.

Motorcycle Tyre Service Pontypool

Here at Pontypool accident & repair centre we have the best motorcycle tyre service in Pontypool and surrounding areas. Are expert staff will be able to advise and repair any faults with your vehicle.

Garage Services Near Me

Our garage services in Pontypool include MOT testing, a recovery service and extensive vehicle repairs. Our workshop in South Wales is equipped with the best specialist tools and diagnostic equipment, which allows us to service all makes and models. All our technicians are experienced and fully qualified, so your vehicle will be in safe hands.

Back in the late months of 2018, TyreSafe conducted part worn tyre investigations during their national tyre safety month. The campaign revealed that 99% of part worn tyre retailers were selling dangerous and even illegal tyres. They carried out 18 investigations across England and Scotland and found 68 part worn traders and all but one was supplying tyres that violated the legislation of their sale. Out of 129 tyres inspected, only 25% were deemed safe.

So, if you want to know whether your tyres are safe, then keep reading our advice.

Why Avoid Part Worn Tyres

TyreSafe’s investigations of part worn tyres included the participation of a range of enforcement agencies. Numerous police forces and fire services as well as the Environment Agency, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Health and Safety Executive all took part. Due to these shocking findings, TyreSafe advise motorists to think before buying worn parts. There is no guarantee that these tyres are safe, and it is not worth putting your life or others at risk.

TyreSafe will continue to urge drivers to buy new tyres to avoid potentially paying a heavy price.

How Do I Check If My Tyres Are Safe?

If you are worried about your tyre safety, then there are a couple of checks that you can do from home. Checking your tyre tread depth is very important, as having worn tyres is an accident waiting to happen. Worn tyres are particularly dangerous during wet weather as they dramatically increase stopping distances. Treads help disperse water away from where the tyre contacts the road, and so if there is less tread there is more chance for the tyre to lose grip.

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The legal tyre tread for cars in the UK is 1.6 mm across the middle three quarters of the tyre, and it must meet this requirement across the complete circumference. To quickly check your tyres, just take a 20p coin and insert it into the tread grooves. If you cannot see the outer band of the coin, then your tyres are safe. However, if the band is visible, then your tyres may need an inspection by a mechanic.

Pontypool Garage Services

If you need tyre checks or car maintenance, then visit our Pontypool garage. Our fully trained technicians can help repair a range of issues, so you will know that your vehicle is in safe hands. Call us on 01495 769700 now.

The wheels on your car are perhaps one of the most important parts of the vehicle, especially where your road safety is concerned. So, conducting regular wheel and tyre checks is crucial to maintaining your car and ensuring everyone inside is in a safe and legal vehicle.

Why Is Tyre Safety So Important?

Your wheels, or tyres, are critical in several important car functions. This includes: the brakes, the suspension, the surface grip and the speed. Good tyres (correct pressure, correct alignment and correct tread-depth) will allow your car to perform properly, reach speeds safely, brake safely and can even help your car be more fuel efficient.

Tyre Checks In Ponypool

It is recommended you check your tyres at least once a month, but perhaps more during the good old British bad weather. It is also wise to check your tyres before going on any long journeys – as you will want your car to be in peak performance if you plan on driving for more than 2-3 hours in a row.

MOTs In Ponypool

During the MOT test, your wheels and tyres will be checked – but do not just rely on your MOT. Checking your tyres each month could help prevent accidents and could stop any nasty surprises such as a flat tyre. A visual inspection is good, but you should also try and get a feel for how your wheels feels when they are in good health, so that you can identify if something feels wrong.

If you are not confident checking your tyres, then trust a professional to do it. It is always better to be safe, then sorry, especially where car safety is involved.

There are several tyres checks you can do at home – and we will explain them here. These are small, quick checks you can be doing regularly to ensure your car is safe.

Checking Depth Of Tyre Tread

You will often be able to tell if your car’s tread-depth is too low just by looking, as the tracks and dents in the wheel will seem too shallow or maybe even ‘balding’. If your wheel looks smooth and flat – this is a sure sign they need replacing.

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If you think your wheels might be getting old and near the legal tread-depth limit (but you are not completely sure) then you can do the 20p test. When you insert a 20p coin into the tracks of your tyres and if the ‘border’ of the 20p coin is still visible, then your car needs new tyres. You will want to test each tyre individually, as they can wear-out at different rates.

How To Check Tyre Pressures?

The next thing you will want to check is the pressure of your tyres. Tyre pressure can affect how your vehicle handles and maintaining the right wheel pressure is critical for braking and ensuring you have maximum grip or wheel torque on the road. You will need to do each tyre individually, because the pressure could be less in the back two, or the front two (for example). When checking what inflation pressure to aim for, there should be a guide in your car’s handbook (if you want to be precise) but the main thing to look for at home is a firm wheel. What you do not want are soft tyres that feel deflated.

If you can visit a petrol station – you will be able to check your official pressure using the self-service air pressure pumps available. This is highly recommended as it will give you a much more accurate reading.

How To Check For Punctures?

You will probably know if your tyre has a puncture because it can make handling the car very difficult. Some signs you have a puncture are often felt whilst driving:

If car is pulling in a certain direction
The car wheels feel wobbly
If car is having difficulty steering

If you are unsure though, you can conduct a visual puncture check yourself. To do this you will want to inspect the wheels for any rips or tears, or any items lodged or stuck in the ridges.

Are Illegal Tyres Dangerous?

Yes, there is a reason why cars have a minimum allowance for things like tread-depth. If your cars wheels are not safe, or do not pass their MOT, you will not be allowed to drive your car until they are replaced or fixed.

Last year, over 340,000 tyre tread depths were surveyed across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and it was discovered that more than a quarter of people were driving with illegal tyres. This is dangerous not only for you (the driver) but for people and cars around you too. It is totally your responsibility to ensure your car is safe, so carrying out regular checks is crucial.