Why are tyres so important?

When you are driving whatever the speed or conditions your only contact with the road are the four postcard size of your tyres. With this in mind it is now obvious that these "footprints" should be in the best possible condition in order to ensure the safety of you, your loved ones and others.


What do you look for?

The tyre thread dept is crucial for correct grip in the wet, huge volumes of water on the surface of the road have to be squeezed out by the tread grooves, so it is important to have as much tread depth as possible to displace as much water as possible. A new tyre has 8mm of thread depth and the legal limit is 1.6mm, however it should be noted that a tyre with 3mm tread depth which is the recommended minimum will take twice the distance to stop in the wet than a new tyre.

8mm
Your tyre is 0% worn
7mm
Your tyre is 15% worn
6mm
Your tyre is 31% worn
5mm
Your tyre is 47% worn
4mm
Your tyre is 62% worn
3mm
Your tyre is 78% worn
2mm
Your tyre is 94% worn
1.6mm
Your tyre is 100% worn

What do you do?

  • Get your tyres checked regularly for tread dept and condition, for example side wall cuts and bulges

  • Replace tyres when they reach 3mm

  • Check your tyre pressures weekly. A tyre check at Gowan Motors is completely FREE and will be carried out in minutes


Puncture Repairs

If you get a puncture and are an existing customer, call into our Service Department and we will repair the puncture free of charge.


What happens if I am caught with worn or damaged tyres?

Driving a dangerously defective vehicle will result in a mandatory court appearance, penalty points and a fine.


For more information on tyre or tyre replacement for your vehicle please contact us 01 869 2166 or email us sales@gowannavanroad.ie.

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