Secret Tips To Buy The Right Tyres in Birmingham & Other Areas

For those of you who don’t know, I’m usually split between two locations.

I work as an Influencer and Blogger in Manchester, where I have my own house. My partner, on the other hand, is based around the Midlands, just before Birmingham. Which means I get the best of both worlds: I can be in Manchester and the North for whatever work brings me, but I can also extend my working schedule and places to visit around Birminghamdand the Midlands.

However, one thing I’ve noticed is that when it comes to driving, although the two cities themselves are both major, I always dread the Birmingham drives that little bit more.

It’s mainly because Birmingham can be quite tricky when it comes to it’s roads. Lots of dual carriage ways, motorways that circulate the city, and then don’t even get me started on the towns. Even the more local, suburban towns can be quite difficult, especially when you’re not familiar with them. These are places like Springfield, Robin Hood Yardley Wood , Kineton Green and Fox Hollies – smaller yet quite difficult places to navigate around.

Think cross roads, roundabouts, poor road conditions (in terms of pot holes etc) – it’s probably easy to see now why I get a little worried about my drives around places like Wells Green, South Yardley, Gilbertstone, Lyndon Green and Elmdon.

Those of you in Birmingham will potentially understand why…

I’ve had my Audi A1 for over a year now, and with the amount of miles I do, I constantly worry about the general ‘health’ of my car. There’s a lot to consider, but tyres is the main thing I worry about. Luckily, I have a set place where I look online for tyres should I need to replace them, and if you need a recommendation, you can select your tyres online in Birmingham at Point S

So, here’s a little guides based around the key tips on how to buy the right tyres, and also how to care for them later:

1. Check For External Damage

Tyre damage such as cuts, lumps and bumps are often caused by an impact between the tyre and a kerb, pothole or object in the road. If your tyre has any of these symptoms then you must have the tyre checked as quickly as possible by a tyre specialist, as this sort of damage can result in sudden tyre failure.It is always recommended to have your tyres checked if the vehicle has been involved in an emergency manoeuvre like sudden and heavy braking. Emergency braking can sometimes leave your tyres with a ‘flat spot’. This can be another reason for premature tyre removal.

2. Always Check Your Tyre Depth

When braking, your car relies on the tread on your tyres to grip the road and come to a stop in the shortest possible distance. Breaking distance increases as tyre tread wears out so it’s important that you check them regularly to ensure you still have adequate tread on your tyres.
It is recommended that tyres are replaced when the tread depth reaches 3mm in order to maintain optimum braking performance. The legal limit for minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the full circumference. Failing to replace your tyres before they reach this minimum limit could result in a hefty fine and penalty points on your licence.
If you place your finger in the main tread groove you should feel a small raised notch. When your tread wears down to the height of this notch, your tyre should be replaced as it has reached the minimum legal tread depth.
You can also use a tread depth indicator to gauge the remaining tread on your tyres or even a 20p piece. Place the 20p coin inside the main tread groove of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p piece is obscured by the tyre then your tyres have adequate tread. If you can see the outer band of the 20p piece your tyres could be approaching the legal limit so it’s advised to have them checked as soon as possible.

3. Know The Correct Tyre Pressure

Before you can check your pressure, you need to know what the ideal number should be.The correct pressures for your vehicle can normally be found in your owner’s manual. The information may also be marked on the vehicle (for example on the driver’s door pillar, or on the inside of the petrol flap). In most cases, two different sets of pressures are given:
• For ‘normal’ driving conditions.
• For a loaded vehicle (with extra people or heavy items on board).

To check your tyre inflation pressures you will need a tyre pressure gauge or use the gauge on the inflation equipment found at most garages and petrol stations.

4. Don’t spin your tyres excessively

Avoid excessive tyre spinning when your vehicle is stuck in snow, ice, mud or sand. This may cause tyre over-heating and irreparable damage to them. Use a gentle backward and forward rocking motion to free your vehicle. Never stand near or behind a tyre spinning at high speeds, for example, while attempting to push a vehicle that’s stuck or when an on-car spin balance machine is in use.

5. Don’t attempt to mount your own tyres

Serious injury may result from explosion of tyre/rim assembly from improper mounting procedures. Remember to follow your tyre manufacturer’s instructions and match tyre diameter to rim diameter. Only specially trained persons should mount tyres. Also, don’t mix tyres of different sizes and types on the same axle. For the best handling and control, it is recommended that fitting four tyres of the same type and size as specified by the vehicle manufacturer is the best practice.

Drive safe guys!

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