Article By Charlie Marris, Workshop Supervisor, Read Hyundai Grimsby

Look after your tyres and they'll look after you


Tyres are a vehicle’s only point of contact with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on a small area of road contact. Winter brings with it more driving hazards as there is always a mix of ice, rain, dry spells and sometimes snow. To cope with this mix of different road conditions, it is important that tyres are fitted correctly, appropriate for the road conditions and well maintained.


Most drivers change their driving style to suit driving in snow and ice, however, cold, damp roads also present a high safety risk to drivers and this combination of conditions can significantly reduce tyre performance.


Make sure your tyres are winter ready with our 6 point check


  • Make sure your tyres have adequate tread depth - we recommend 4mm. Tread displaces road substances from the tyre which improves contact with the road therefore it should be well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre, anything below this is unsafe and illegal
  • Tyres should be inflated to the correct pressure as recommended by the manufacturer at least once a month, if you’re unsure, check your vehicles handbook
  • Check the condition of your tyres by looking for lumps or cracks, and remove any objects embedded in the tread
  • Don’t forget the spare tyre when checking tread, pressure and condition
  • Consider fitting winter tyres. They provide better traction and grip in temperatures below 7 degrees
  • If in doubt, drop into one of our dealerships for a free tyre check by a trained technician