Family Car Centre will help you find the perfect tyres for your vehicle from thousands of tyres from the world's leading brands including: Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli. We have great prices on all tyres ranging from premium to budget quality and all our prices are inclusive of VAT.
UK Tyre Law
The legal limit for minimum depth of tyre tread is 1.6 millimetres across the central 75 per cent of tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 state that a part-worn tyre must not have:
Cuts longer than 25mm or 10 per cent of the section width of the tyre, which are deep enough to reach the ply or cord
Lumps, bulges or tears caused by separation or failure of the tyre's structure
Any penetration damage that has not been repaired
Family Car Centre's strict selection and testing policy does not permit the supply or fitting of any part worn tyre, which has been damaged in any way and repaired afterwards.
All tyres are subjected to wear but do you know at what point your tyres need replacing? Continental Tyres recommends that tyres are replaced when the tread depth hits 3mm, rather than the legal limit of 1.6mm, due to the significant increase in stopping distances in the wet. Be aware of the factors that can affect the wear of your tyres.
Improper Tyre Mixing
It's against the law for a vehicle to have:
Radial tyres on front and cross ply tyres on rear of the vehicle.
A cross ply tyre on one side with a radial on the other side of the vehicle.
All steerable axles must be fitted with tyres of the same construction.
All driven axles that are not steerable must be fitted with tyres of the same construction.
Tyre Service Descriptions
A service description, i.e. load and speed index, must display on all tyre walls. A vehicle should not be driven at a higher speed or carry more weight than the limit indicated on the tyre service description.
A police officer may give you a Fixed Penalty Notice or report your case for prosecution, if you drive a vehicle fitted with an illegal or defective tyre. By law, the driver and the owner (if different) are liable and one or both may receive a court summons that could result in the maximum fine which a court can impose for using a vehicle with a defective tyre is:
£2,500 plus three penalty points
£5,000 in the case of a goods vehicle or a vehicle designed to carry 8 or more passengers.
You can be prosecuted for each tyre found to be illegal if a vehicle is fitted with more than one defective tyre. A disqualification from driving, in certain circumstances, is possible.
Tyre Marking Identification
Markings displayed on the sidewall of your tyres are to help correctly identify their size and specification. The ‘E’ marking and other country safety standards confirm that the tyre has been tested/approved to European standards.
Tyre marking example:
175 / 70R13 82S
175Tyre width– nominal section width of the tyre in millimetres
70Tyre profile/ aspect ratio
– height of tyre wall as a percentage of nominal section width
– tyre construction type
13 Tyre Size
- diameter of tyre inner rim in inches
82 Load Index
- numerical code corresponds to load capacity (82 = 475 Kg)
S Speed Rating
- alphabetical code corresponds to maximum speed at full load (S =112 mph)
If you live in an area where winter conditions are more severe and persist for a longer period of time than the rest of the country, the fitting of winter tyres is recommended as a practical solution . Winter tyres are made from a rubber compound with a tread pattern specifically designed to retain flexibility in low temperatures (below +7C) as well as giving a better grip on wet roads in cold conditions. When braking at 20mph, Winter tyres also provide good braking and traction performance on snow and ice, stopping up to 35.7 feet (11 metres) earlier than regular tyres in icy conditions.
All Season Tyres
In the UK, winter tyres are not really suited to all year round use. A recommended alternative is to consider buying 'All Season Tyres', which provide low temperature flexibility and a tread pattern of both a normal summer tyre and a hard winter tyre. While unlikely to provide a performance equal to a winter-only tyre, an all season tyre can be expected to provide a better performance on wintry roads than a summer tyre.