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Signs of Wear to Tyres in Clapham and South London

Tyres are prone to a lot of wear and tear on the road so it is vital that Clapham and South London drivers can spot the tell-tale signs as early as possible. Our expert technicians at Zak’s Tyres are here to help prevent any safety issues by carrying out regular car servicing inspections on your vehicle. However, there are simple ways in which motorists can monitor their wheels before booking an appointment at our Brixton garage.


Top 5 Tell-Tale Signs

1. Low Tyre Tread Depth

When carrying out routine, informal checks, it can become easy for Clapham motorists to tell if their tyres are looking worn down.

  • The minimum depth of your vehicle’s tyre tread is 1.6mm for it to be legally roadworthy
  • Driving with bald or defective tyres can result in fines of up to £2,500 per tyre and up to 6 points on your licence, depending on the conditions
  • New tyre treads can measure approximately 8mm to begin with and should be changed once they wear down to 3mm

In 2016, Confused.com discovered that 1 in 4 vehicles failed an MOT test, 38% of drivers didn’t spot the wear prior to visiting the garage and 73% of UK road users are unaware how to check for the minimal legal tread. A tyre tread depth gauge is a cheap tool to own and will help Clapham clients to monitor the amount of wear. Scheduling interim and full annual car servicing will prevent this issue from affecting your safety.


2. Feeling a Tension Whilst Driving

In addition to visual checks, Clapham clients can judge potential issues with their tyres due to the feel and tension when steering, such as:

  • If the tyres are lacking significant grip on the roads during extreme weather conditions, such as rain, snow or ice, the tread depth is usually too low
  • If Clapham motorists can feel a pull on the steering wheel, this is likely due to a punctured tyre
  • If you notice that it takes longer for you to stop the car when braking, the tyres may be worn too low and need to be replaced urgently

3. Puncture Warnings

Unless the hole is big and obvious to see from a distance, smaller punctures can go unnoticed. Minor perforations can be detected if Clapham road users are vigilant with daily, cursory inspections.

  • Check for cracks or holes
  • Monitor tyres for low air
  • Notice the car swerving to the left or right
  • Feel the steering wheel become heavy or shuddering

Any issue should be checked with full car servicing to prevent any dangers on the road. At Zak’s Tyres, we can carry out replacements and repairs with roadside assistance if this happens in between your regular car servicing appointments.


4. Irregular Wear to Your Tyres

Tyres can become misaligned which can cause uneven tyre wear. This can have a detrimental effect to how Clapham drivers handle their car and its overall safety. Misaligned tyres usually happen because they haven’t been aligned to meet the manufacturer’s specifications when fitted. Other issues include light impact from hitting a kerb, driving across a hole in the road or due to steering and suspension components suffering from excessive wear. This can be resolved by our experts and during car servicing too.


5. No Replacement Tyres in 6 years

Depending on the make and model of your car, Clapham motorists will need to get their tyres replaces between 6 to 10 years. Replacements may be sooner, from unexpected punctures or excessive wear. We recommend that you keep an eye on the condition of your tyres and schedule frequent car servicing to keep everything running safe and smoothly.

If you need replacement tyres or car servicing in Clapham or the surrounding South London area, call 020 7274 1710 or 07858 226222.

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