Our Lloyd Kia centre offers tyre safety advice, checks and tyres for sale with a price match. Located beside some of the country’s top locations, including World Heritage sites and the Lake District National Park, Lloyd Kia has a centre in Carlisle covering Cumbria.
Information and Advice on Car Tyre Safety
Tyres are the only point of contact your Kia has with the road surface; therefore they should be checked regularly. Worn or incorrectly inflated tyres can be dangerous and can cause serious accidents. Ignoring the wear and tear on your tyres could result in a police fine and points on your driving license. Make sure your tyre pressures and tyre wear are checked regularly. For the recommended tyre pressure of your vehicle, please refer to your Kia owner's manual.
Tyre Tread Legal Limit
If you would prefer that we check them for you, please contact our Kia Service Team.
The minimum legal limit for your tyre treads is 1.6mm across the middle 75% of your tyre at any point and you’ll find tyre wear indicators in the base of the tyre tread groove so you can check your treads at any time. Once the tread has worn to these indicators, your tyres are at 1.6mm and illegal so you will need to get them replaced immediately.
Correct Tyre Pressure
Checking the condition and pressure of your tyres is essential if your Kia is going to handle at its best. We recommend checking the pressures twice a month to reduce the risk of irregular wear patterns which are caused by over-inflated tyres – which get excessively worn in the centre of the tyre – and under-inflated tyres – which experience wear on the tyre shoulder. Depending on the make and model of your car, you may need to reset the tyre pressure warning system so please check your car’s manual for more information or contact our service department for more information.
Tyres and uneven WearIf your vehicle’s wheels are misaligned this could affect tyre wear and reduce performance even if you cannot feel it through the steering. We suggest that, should you experience premature tyre wear, you book with us to have your vehicle’s wheel alignment checked.
During winter, 48% of all car accidents in the UK are as a result of skidding. Winter tyres are designed and developed to outperform regular tyres in cold weather conditions. When the temperature drops below 7°C, braking distances on winter tyres in wet conditions are 10% less than summer tyres and braking distances on icy conditions are reduced by as much as 20%. Thanks to the specific winter tyre tread pattern design, the adhesion on dangerous wet, snowy and icy surfaces is maximised, improving grip and handling.
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