Getting the most out of your tyres

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There is one really simple thing you can do to get the most out of your tyres: check their pressure regularly. Under-inflated tyres are the biggest cause of unnecessary tyre wear. Not only that, they increase stopping distances, without needing to mention the extra strain on your brake discs & suspension. Put crudely, under inflating by a third – which is the average level of cars on the UK road – can increase stopping distances by more than a third, as well as increasing the risk of a blowout, and increasing natural wear by anything up to 40%.

Measured against tread or ice, it has a significantly greater effect than low tread depth, and nearly as significant an impact as extreme wet or icy conditions. For your own safety then, as well as to get the best out of your car, it is important to check tyres regularly and adjust for the road conditions.