Tyres and tyre fitting services
Roade Main Garage is one of Northampton’s leading tyre fitting experts. We offer professional tyre fitting for all cars, vans, MPVs and 4×4 vehicles.
We stock a huge range of tyres, including top brands, mid-range and budget tyres. We offer a while you wait tyre fitting service. For special requirements or when stock is unavailable, we use a same day or next day delivery service.
All tyre fitting is carried out using the latest equipment, which handles low profile and run flat tyres with ease.
Roade Main Garage regularly price checks against other tyre fitters in the Northampton area to ensure we always offer an excellent, competitive service.
If you are unsure of the condition of your vehicle’s tyres, call in for a free tyre check where we will happily advise you.
Correct tyre size, tread depth and braking distances
The size of your tyre is displayed on its side wall. It’s important that the correct size of tyre is fitted with the correct speed and load rating for its intended purpose.
Independent research performed by the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) has provided convincing new evidence that worn tyres significantly increase the chance of having an accident on wet roads by increasing the stopping distance.
The test results showed that significant increases in stopping distance began to appear when the tyre was worn down to 3mm. Although the legal minimum UK tread depth is only 1.6mm, this new research showed that tyres with a 3mm tread had a 25% better performance than those at 1.6mm in wet conditions.
This represents an extra 8m (25ft) for stopping distance. In a test, where a new tyre with a tread depth of 8mm was compared to one with only 1.6mm the stopping distance increased by 13m (42.25ft) for the worn tyre – the equivalent to double the length of a typical living room.
In short, when you let your tyres wear down to the legal minimum of 1.6mm, it will take you nearly a bus length extra to stop from 50mph. Don’t chance it.
The recommendation to change tyres at 3mm is currently supported by road safety organisations, including Roadsafe and RoSPA and leading European car manufacturers.
Checking your tyres
Tyres are the only part of your car that are in contact with the road, so this makes them a vital part of your car’s safety.
We recommend that you check your tyre pressures and tyre condition at least once a month. Incorrect tyre pressures can cause uneven tyre wear, poor handling and can even affect fuel consumption.
If any bulges, cuts or cracking are found in the tyre this may have weakened the tyre’s structure and it should be replaced immediately.
If you are unsure of the condition of your tyres then please call in for a free tyre check and we will be happy to assist you.