Did you know that punctures are the second biggest causes of breakdowns attended by RAC patrols? They are responsible for over 344,500 or 14% of all call outs. That’s around 940 ‘pneumatically challenged’ stranded motorists every day.
Tyres are the most fundamental safety any car providing traction, or grip, for braking, acceleration and helping to maintain steering directional control. They also support the weight and balance of the vehicle and act as dampers or shock absorbers helping to smooth out vibrations and jolts from the road surface.
So your existing and choosing the best option when they need replacing are likely to be the most important decisions motorists make when it comes to vehicle maintenance.
That’s why the RAC has launched RAC Tyres to offer a quality range of from manufacturers at low prices. It’s an online service where you simply enter your vehicle registration and postcode to search a wide range of branded from premium to budget options with clear product information to help you choose the right for your needs.
Using the European performance label rating RAC Tyres highlights the environmental and safety characteristics specific to its impact on fuel economy, its stopping distance performance in wet conditions and its level of road noise.
You are then offered a choice of reputable approved and garages local to you for next day fitting at a convenient time. Booking is a simple as that with a secure online payment.
RAC Tyres offers an all-inclusive price including VAT, delivery, fitting, balancing and the environmentally-friendly disposal of your old.
RAC Tyres, Business Manager Claire Rose said: “We have developed a no-nonsense online solution to help motorists choose the right replacement for their car and their driving needs and a simple next day booking process to suit them at a reputable garage It’s fuss-free, backed by the trusted RAC brand.
“Our prices are very competitive and we also use our buying power to negotiate with the biggest names in rubber to ensure that we always have a great selection of deals and offers for customers.”
The average car will 12-15,000 miles before it needs replacing but this is dependent on many factors the quality of selected, the depth of tread when new; whether it’s maintained at the correct pressure; and how much additional wear it has endured from harsh braking and sharp acceleration.
So while some will readily do up to 30,000 miles others will be worn down to the 1.6mm minimum tread limit in just 5-6,000 miles.
RAC tips for healthy tyres
Check your pressures - Maintain your pressure with weekly or fortnightly checks. Your car’s handbook will give you the correct pressure for the load on your vehicle.
Check the tread depth - Check your tread depth too. Use the tread wear indicators, a tread depth tool or you can use a 20p coin where the border is about of 1.6mm. Remember as the tread reduces it will impact the stopping distance, and performance of the tyre.
Visual inspection - Check the sides of the for nicks, and bulges which will indicate the is vulnerable to damage.
Choose quality rubber - Spending more on your in the first place may well save you money in the long run. Better quality will last longer and can improve fuel efficiency - check the European performance label.
Balance and alignment - If you notice uneven wearing of your tread - then you should get them checked out by a Your wheels may require balancing or the wheel alignment, also known as tracking, may require adjustment.
The RAC’s Patrol Ambassador 2017 Chris Burgess, has plenty of advice about and the importance of regularly checking their tread, pressure and general condition: “Tyres are your car’s most important safety feature - they keep you gripped to the road. Imagine your car’s contact with the road is an area equivalent the size of your palm or for each wheel. So it is vital that you have a good depth of tread - ideally a minimum of 3mm, you have the right pressure in and the rubber is in tip-top condition.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that checking them regularly - aim for once a week - could save your life. And it will save you money. Under-inflated increase your car’s fuel consumption, so ensure you keep them at the recommended pressures listed in your car’s handbook. Remember, these may be the front and rear.”