If you notice that your vehicle :
  • Your vehicle has hit something (e.g. a kerb or major road hazard).
  • You notice that your tyres are wearing abnormally or unevenly.
  • You experience steering or handling problems, such as:
    • Your vehicle pulls or drifts to one side.
    • Your steering wheel does not return easily after a turn.
    • Your steering wheel remains at an angle when driving in a straight line.
  • When you buy a new set of tyres and want them to last as long as possible.
  • When you replace suspension or steering components.

The benefits of a wheel alignment are:

1. Makes your car or 4WD safer & easier to drive. Prevents dangerous pulling to one side & reduces rattling, shuddering & vibration making driving more pleasant.

2. Saves you fuel & money. When your wheels are aligned, it reduces rolling resistance & fuel consumption reducing pollution and saving you real money.

3. Helps you get more kilometres from your tyres. Wheel alignments ensure your tyres wear evenly so they are safer & last longer for better value in the long run.

4. Ensures your tyre guarantee isn’t compromised. Not getting a wheel alignment can result in premature tyre wear which is not covered by any tyre guarantee.

5. Reduces wear and tear on your vehicle’s steering system and brake system. You can save time & money on potential expensive, avoidable mechanical repairs.

6. Improved safety due to better steering and traction on the road. When the vehicle isn’t pulling in one direction and the tyres aren’t being pressured to hold the road in the wrong way, handling is much improved.

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Not sure about your tyre condition – book a free tyre condition check now before it’s too late.

We will check and adjust your tyre pressure, check your tyre condition and tread depths.
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If you get a puncture you might be able to get it repaired for a fraction of the cost of a new tyre if the puncture is in the main tread area and you stopped quickly without overheating the deflated tyre.

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In many parts of mainland Europe it is common, or even a legal requirements, for drivers to change set of specialist ‘winter’ tyres.

Winter tyres use a tread rubber compound (high silica content) and tread pattern specifically designed to retain flexibility in low temperatures (below +7C) and give good braking/traction performance on snow/ice as well as on wet roads in cold conditions .

The sidewall of a winter tyre will be marked with a symbol showing a snowflake or snow-topped mountains.

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Winter tyres are not really suited to all year round use though – summer tyres will give better performance when temperatures are higher and roads dry.

 

Driving Abroad in Winter

If you are heading for a skiing holiday in the Alps or visiting one of the countries listed below or driving through these, it is important to understand both the safety and legal issues.

  • Andorra

Winter tyres – RECOMMENDED*

*Note – from 1 November to 15 April and if roads are covered in snow, slush or ice outside these dates. Tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 4mm.

Snow chains – REQUIRED (should be carried and used as dictated by local signs or road conditions. Reduced speed limits may apply).

  • Austria

Winter tyres – MANDATORY*

*Note: Between 1 November and 15 April and at times outside these dates when there is snow, slush or ice on the roads. Minimum tread depth is 4mm.

Snow chains – REQUIRED (should be carried and used as dictated by local signs or road conditions. Reduced speed limits may apply).

  • France

Winter tyres – NOT REQUIRED

Snow chains – REQUIRED, must be fitted to vehicles using snow-covered roads. (Should be carried and used as dictated by local signs or road conditions. Reduced speed limits may apply).

  • Germany

Winter tyres – COMPULSORY

Germany introduced regulations in 2010 requiring all passenger cars and motorbikes to be fitted with winter tyres or all season tyres on all axles in wintry conditions.

Snow chains – REQUIRED (should be carried and used as dictated by local signs or road conditions. Reduced speed limits may apply).

  • Italy

Winter tyres – RECOMMENDED* – Between October and 15 April or, at other times if conditions dictate

Snow chains – REQUIRED* – Between October and 15 April or, at other times if conditions dictate

*Note: Some parts of Italy can introduce their own legislation making the use of winter tyres and snow chains compulsory.

  • Switzerland

Winter tyres – RECOMMENDED but not compulsory

*Note: However vehicles not equipped to travel through snow and ice and which impede traffic flow are liable to a fine.

Snow chains – REQUIRED (should be carried and used as dictated by local signs or road conditions. Reduced speed limits may apply).

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Call us now for winter tyre quote on 01604 281 191

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