Car tyres are often seen as a more or less inconsequential part of the vehicle. This could not be further from the truth. Tyres are the only contact the vehicle has with the road. Tyres really are a crucial, high-quality, expertly-engineered chassis component specially tailored to mod­ern, high-speed cars.

Not only do they have to match a variety of different suspension systems and respond accurately to steering commands, they need to roll smoothly and be durable.

Above all, for vehicles to remain safely and securely on the road, tyres need to be able to cope with the forces ex­erted on them – when braking, accelerating or cornering.

This is particularly important when the road is wet and slippery, or covered in snow or ice.

So, with your safety in mind, here are some tips and advice to help you to take proper care of your tyres:

  • Inspect your tyres and check their pressure (including the spare) every two weeks. If tyre damage is suspected or found, have the tyre inspected imme­diately by us.
  • Avoid damage - Tyres can become damaged without the driver’s knowledge. If you do discover or suspect damage, have the tyre inspected without delay.
  • Do not overstress your tyres - overstressing of tyres (excessive speed or overloading) is to be avoided. This has the same critical effect as under-inflation and can cause irreparable damage to the tyre.
  • Check your tyre pressures regularly - tyre pressure plays a definitive role in the service life and safety performance of your tyres. Tyre pressures are determined individually for every vehicle model by the tyre and vehicle manufacturers. Refer to the owner’s manual, the fuel tank cover, the car door or glove compartment to find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle.
  • Under or over-inflation reduces the tyre’s ability to grip the road properly. Not only will this cause excessive or uneven tread wear, it has a substantial influence on handling, which can be particularly dangerous when cornering at high speeds.
  • If the inflation pressure is not adequate for the load being carried, the tyre temperature increases due to increased flexing. Excessive temperature can result in structural damage to the tyre and even to tyre failure.
  • Keep an eye on tread depth - since worn tyres greatly increase the risk of aquaplaning and impair wet braking performance, we strongly urge drivers to change their tyres before they reach the minimum legal tread depth. View the following video which illustrates this point:

A good rule of thumb to follow: change summer tyres when they have 3 mm and winter tyres when they have 4 mm of remaining tread.

  • The service life of a tyre is a cumulative function of the storage, stowing, rotation and service conditions, which a tyre is subjected to throughout its life (load, speed, inflation pressure, road hazard injury, etc.). Since service conditions vary widely, accurately predicting the service life of any spe­cific tyre in chronological time is not possible. We recommend all tyres (including spare tyres) that were manufactured more than ten years ago should be replaced with new tyres, even if they appear to be usable from their external appearance and if the tread depth may have not reached the minimum wear out depth.
  • The point at which a tyre is replaced is a decision for which the owner of the tyre is responsible. The tyre owner should consider factors to include ser­vice conditions, maintenance history, storage conditions, visual inspections and dynamic performance. Please call us with any questions about tyre service life.
  • We do, however, recommend fitting the same type of tyres (brand and tread pattern) on all four wheels as this makes for superior handling and braking performance in all driving conditions.

Bristo’s supplies both summer and winter tyres to offer maximum grip on the road in all conditions. Contact us today on 01473 325300 to find out more about our tyre supply and fitting services in Suffolk.