18 May, 2019

Part Worn Tyres - Are they safe?

The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents councils across the country has urged drivers to make sure that if they are going to buy part worn tyres, that they're safe. But what checks can you do?

To start with, what is a part worn tyre? A part worn tyre is any tyre that has previously been fitted to another vehicle, essentially it's a used tyre.

Make sure the person fitting the tyre has actually checked it. All part worn tyres need to have a permanent marking on them to indicate they are a part worn tyre and that they have been checked. Its an offence to sell a part worn tyre without this marking.

But we have all seen the recent news articles which suggest some tyre fitters are flouting these rules.

Once your tyre has been fitted, don't be afraid to check it yourself.

Check the tyre for the following :
- Tread depth, should be more than 1.6mm for cars, anything less it's illegal
- Check for any cuts in the tyre, wheher that be in the tread or on the tyre wall
- Check for any bulges, make sure there aren't any egg shapes on the side of the tyre once its inflated, and remember to check both sides
- Finally, if you see something you're not happy with, tell the tyre fitter and don't drive your car

You can get some real bargains wih part worn tyres, but only if they're safe. The easiest way to make sure your tyre is safe, is to buy new. No other tyre will give you the same assurances.

See the full story on AutoExpress

Link : https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/106885/part-worn-tyres-putting-motorists-lives-at-risk-councils-warn