Fitting the correct tyres is crucial for the safety, economy, road noise and driving pleasure of your car.
Proper tyres with the correct level of tread and air pressure reduce braking distances - especially in the wet - and that can make all the difference in an emergency.
Tyre Price Guarantee
We always keep our tyre prices competitive with independent suppliers (in fact, we’ll price match if you find a tyre cheaper locally within five days*)
*We will match any like-for-like quote within a five-mile radius. Tyre must be identical specification - brand, pattern, load, speed rating, manufacturer marking. Price quotation must be in writing and must be fully fitted including VAT, valve, balancing and disposal charges.
Free Puncture Repair
We offer all our customers a free puncture repair service**
**If your tyre can be safely repaired, excluding run flat tyres.
We will provide free, expert advice on fitting and maintaining your tyres
Schedule an appointment to suit you.
If your car isn’t quite new, or if you haven’t changed your tyres for a while, then it’s a really good idea to check to see how they’re wearing.
The Coin Test
Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is hidden by the rubber, then your tread is above the legal limit of 1.6mm (within the central three quarters of the tread).
Check all your tyres match by looking at the tread pattern and make of each tyre as all should be exactly the same.
Does your steering wheel vibrate at around 40-50mph? If so, one or more of your tyres needs balancing or replacing.
If your car seems to be slowly veering in one direction then your tracking is out, your tyre pressure is unequal or the tread on the front tyres doesn’t match.
Check the sides of the tyres for any cracks, splits or blisters; this usually happens on older tyres and it signifies they need replacing.
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, don't delay and contact Bentleys Toyota and we'll make sure that we keep your car safe.
The importance of winter tyres
Although winter tyres have become increasingly popular in the UK, many drivers still misunderstand exactly what they are for and why they should be fitted in a country that rarely sees snow.
Winter tyres are not ice or snow tyres. They are designed to be used when temperatures are low and the roads slippery. They will of course be far more effective than summer tyres on snow and ice but they will also provide substantially more grip and traction on a dry surface so long as the ambient temperature is less than 7C. Furthermore, they are better are clearing standing water so have better grip when it's raining.
The construction of winter tyres is different to summer ones in 3 specific ways:
1. The tread pattern has many more grooves which displace water and aid the tyre to bite into snow and ice.
2. They are made from a compound which has more silica in it thereby staying soft and supple even in freezing temperatures. In very cold conditions, the rubber of a summer tyre becomes rigid so it slips across the surface of the road rather than clinging onto it.
3. The tyres rubber blocks are designed to vibrate when on the move which means any snow they might have picked up will be shaken out. A summer tyre, in these conditions, will become clogged up and become smooth and useless.
Winter tyres v four-wheel drive
When braking, a car with four-wheel drive has no advantage over a front-wheel drive - it will likely be heavier which will put it at a disadvantage. In braking tests from 20mph to standstill, the front-wheel drive car with winter tyres stopped in a much shorter distance than the four-wheel drive car with summer tyres. The shorter distance might be the difference between having no accident and having a serious one.Likewise in cornering tests, the outcome is very similar. The difference between lateral acceleration (a measure of how much cornering grip a car has) between a four-wheel drive car with summer tyres and a front-wheel drive car with winter tyres can be 35% more grip with winter tyres.
Investing in a set of winter tyres for the November - March period, may seem like an unnecessary expense and hassle, but your vehicle is only as good as the tyres that drive it.
If you're still undecided, why not have a chat with one of our service technicians.