If you notice deterioration in the performance of your vehicle this could be a sign that your tyres need changing. If your car does not handle or grip the road as well as it should in poor weather conditions as it normally does, or it takes longer to stop when you apply the brakes this could indicate that your tyres have worn. Tyres wear gradually and this can make it difficult to identify the reduction in performance, so it’s best to have them checked regularly and preferably by an expert. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the tread on your tyres is not worn beyond the legal minimum limit of 1.6 millimetres. Tyre manufacturers mould tread wear indicators into the design of the tyre tread pattern usually at a tread level of 1.6 mm. As soon as the tread is worn to the height of the tread wear indicator, the tyre has reached the legal minimum tread depth and you should replace the tyre as soon as possible. You should also be aware that there are many different reasons for tyre wear. Your tyres don’t just get worn through age and use, but through emergency braking, under-inflation or over-inflation. And if your wheels are misaligned, one edge of the tyre can wear more rapidly than the other edge. Here at AE Services in Sutton we recommend a weekly walk around the car to check the tread, look for bulges or wear and to check tyre pressures every time you fill the tank. Our service package includes an inspection on your tyres which is then is recorded on the service schedule sheet so you know the condition of the tyres and any comments the engineer has made. Go to www.autoexpressservices.co.uk for more information.