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As the only point of contact between your car and the road, tyres are arguably the most important safety feature on your vehicle. They provide the grip for steering, braking and acceleration and, to further enhance that grip, tyre tread is designed to squeeze water out from the tyres' contact patch.
What can go wrong?
The AA estimates that 1 in 10 British motorists drive with at least one illegal tyre. The legal minimum is 1.6mm but it is recommended that you change your tyres when the tread depth reaches 3mm or 78% worn.
What's more, 90% of all vehicles on the road have incorrect tyre pressures that adversely affect braking and steering, particularly when cornering. Sudden failure of under-inflated tyres contributes to 6% of fatal accidents.
Incorrect tyre pressures can also contribute to reduced fuel economy and increased environmental pollution. And don't forget your spare tyre: if it's not regularly checked it may become illegal or under-inflated. Insurance claims could be void if your tyres are below the legal limit.
And it's not just safety that comes at a price. You can be fined up to £2500 and receive 3 penalty points for each illegal tyre.
Did you know?
Worn tyres at 1.6mm could increase stopping distances at 70mph by at least 33 metres – the equivalent of 3 bus lengths.
What can you do?
All tyres, including the spare, should be checked once a week when they are cold. Look for damage and wear and check the pressure. Because modern cars go longer between services, it's vital to regularly check your tread depth readings. Remember: as your tread depth decreases, your stopping distance in wet weather will increase.
For more details on manufacturer specific tyre pricing contact your nearest Benfield dealership today. We offer highly competitive quotes for all makes and models.
Why choose Benfield?
At Benfield our employees have a lot to live up to, but then they wouldn't be working for us if they didn't want to be the best. Our people take personal satisfaction not only in doing their job well, but also in working together to make Benfield even better.
All our work is carried out by trained technicians using state of the art equipment. We make it our business to know everything there is to know about the makes and models we sell and how to maintain them.
So you can expect real expertise, every time.
Enjoy a FREE tyre check
We offer a free tyre check which includes a full written report on the condition of your tyres. We'll also check that you have the correct tyres to comply with the speed ratings and load index for your vehicle. Just call in and ask.
At Benfield, all new tyres come complete with free valves and free balancing using environmentally-friendly balance weights. All work is completed by manufacturer-trained technicians and we will always dispose of waste products in an environmentally- friendly manner.