SEAT Tyre Maintenance
When it comes to tyres, there's a lot to think about and keep in mind. In this section you'll find everything you need to know to get the best from your tyres. At SEAT we not only sell tyres at competitive prices, but we have highly qualified, trained technicians that know your SEAT. Rest assured we'll offer you the right product at the right price.
Tyre Safety Month
October is usually the wettest month of the year, so make sure your tyres are safe and ready.
During Tyre Safety Month in October, selected SEAT Retailers are offering a free, no obligation tyre check. Our trained technicians will ensure your tyres are safe and legal.
Overall tyre conditions including the spare wheel
The condition of your tyres is critical to road safety. Here are some tips to keep them in shape:
Inspect your tyres regularly for any cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread.
Check your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1.6mm. This is essential for your safety in all weather conditions.
Checking Tyre Pressure
Correct tyre pressures are vital to your safety on the road. Under-inflated tyres will affect the vehicles handling and grip, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable vehicle behaviour. They're also much more likely to suffer from a dangerous blowout, especially on high-speed motorway journeys. By keeping your tyres at the recommend pressures, your running costs are also reduced as under-inflated tyres require a bigger force to make them turn, using more fuel. Additionally, tyres which are not set to their correct pressure will wear out quicker. So, to benefit from lower fuel bills, longer tyre life, increased safety and reduced CO2 emissions, make sure you check your tyre pressures at least once a month and before a long journey.
1.6mm vs. 3mm Tread Depth
Independent tyre surveys conducted have led to Continental and other tyre manufacturers to believe that the risk of accidents on Britain's roads could be significantly reduced if tyres were replaced at a tread depth of 3mm instead of 1.6mm. In the wet, the difference between 1.6mm and 3mm of tread depth could be the difference between stopping in time and hitting an obstacle, as one test showed by demonstrating a 50% improvement in stopping efficiency. Whilst it is possible to have deeper tread, extensive testing has shown that 3mm is the depth at which the performance drops off significantly.
See the diagram for an illustration of a tyre's performance based on tread depth.