tyres londonWe recently wrote an article about the different types of tyres (some expensive and some budget tyres). Who knew there were so many?! You can read more about it here.

Whatever type of tyres you choose for your vehicle, we know they are expensive.  You might consider some cheaper alternatives. In our article about different types of tyres we touched on the options of part worn or remould .  Here we will go into more detail about each type.

Remould tyres

Remould tyres involve bonding a new tyre tread onto the casing of a worn tyre.  The internal structure of the tyre must be perfect in order to do this and even then it must match the manufactures specifications.

So what are the benefits of remould tyres?

  • Well, they certainly cost less than brand new tyres.
  • If you have an old banger, they may be a better budget option.
  • Environmentally friendly because they recycle old tyres.
  • If used correctly, ie, below the maximum vehicle load and speed then they should wear well.

What are the disadvantages of remould tyres?

  • They will not perform like a new tyre.
  • Some tests have shown they have longer stopping distances and worse wet ground performance than new tyres.
  • If over or under inflated they will wear more quickly.

Part worn Tyres

These are as they sound – tyres that are part worn.  It isn’t illegal to sell part worn tyres in the UK but they do have to meet a strict criteria and unfortunately the number of part worn tyres sold illegally poses a serious risk to the safety of road users.

Part worn tyres must be marked with the words PART WORN and meet certain strict criteria such as an original tread patter of at least 2mm deep, and EC approved mark, no internal lumps, bulges or tears and no external ones either.  However, unfortunately there are always unscrupulous sellers who care more about making money than about your safety.

So is it best to avoid part worn tyres? The general consensus would seem to be yes. If bought legally they may appear to be a good budget option but in the long run they will not offer good value.  A part worn tyre has already been used, it has less tread depth than a new tyre so will wear much quicker so you’ll be spending more money on replacements.  Tyre tread depth is key for driving safely – especially in wet conditions – so why scrimp?

As a vehicle owner and driver it is your duty to maintain your tyres and keep them at the legal tread depth (in the UK it is 1.6mm along 75% of the circumference of the tyre), and keep them inflated and to the vehicle and manufacturers recommended pressure.

If you are caught driving with ill fitted, illegal or defective tyres on the public roads you could be stopped by the police and given a fixed penalty notice. Or you could be prosecuted and liable to a fine of up to £2,500 along with 3 penalty points.  Worse-case scenario is disqualification!

So don’t scrimp on tyres and remember to drive safely!

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