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Isle of Skye Tyres

Our Tyres Guide Will Keep You Moving

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    Good Tyre Condition is Essential in the Isle of Skye

    On Skye, we live in one of the most spectacular and charming places on earth. Part of the charm of our island is our remote single track roads carving through breathtaking landscapes.

    However, the nature of our roads, economy and climate generates a never-ending supply of potholes, poorly conditioned roads and steep roadside verges.

    The condition of the roads here is particularly hard on tyres. Locals and visitors often suffer punctures caused by potholes. Tyres on Skye suffer faster wear and tear than in many other areas.

    Tyres in poor condition simply can not handle the variety of conditions they experience on our island. Compromised tyres are more likely to tear should they strike a pothole. This can unfortunately lead to catastrophic outcomes for both vehicles and passengers.

    Keep an eye on how your tyres are doing, or if you’d prefer bring them in for a check up. 

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    How will I know I need new tyres?

    By law, you must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three-quarters of the tyre.

    There are two ‘at home’ ways you can check your tyre tread depth meets this 1.6mm requirement.

    Firstly, you can place a red match head into the tyre treads. If the tyre tread sits below the depth of the red match head the tyre tread depth is too low and the tyre should be replaced.

    If you don’t have a match to hand, you can follow the same process with a 20p coin. If you can’t see the outer band on the coin, your tyres are above the legal limit. However, if you can see the band and that section of the coin is visible, your tyres could be unsafe.

    If your tyres have any cuts or bulges, it is also important that you take your car for new tyres immediately. If your tyre fails when driving at speed, you will lose traction, steering and could topple your car.

    Why is good tyre condition so important?

    Each bald or defective tyre carries a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points. Many budget tyres can be replaced for under £100 – so it is far simpler to check your tyre regularly to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.

    Bald tyres will lead to traction and braking issues, especially in wet or cold conditions. The nature of the roads on the Isle of Skye mean your tyres condition is extremely important. Replacing tyres at Highland Motors is simple and quick. We have a variety of tyres and prices to suit all budgets.

    Why are some tyres more expensive than others?

    As a general rule of thumb, more expensive tyres tend to perform better in terms of grip, braking and traction and also last longer.

    The quality of the rubber compound, tyre size and tyre design can have an impact on price.

    High-quality tyres can last on normal roads for up to 5 years driving approx 12,000 miles per year. This compares to approx 2 years for low budget tyres undertaking the same mileage.

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    How to check the size of your car tyres?

    You may not know, but you can actually check your tyre size and specification of the tyres on your car by looking at the sidewall of your current tyres.

    In this example above the tyre size displayed on the tyre sidewall is
    235/35 R 19 91 Y

    235 – This indicates the tyre width
    35 – This indicates the tyre profile. You may have heard the phrase ‘low profiles tyres’, meaning the tyre is much shallower than a standard tyre.
    R19 – This indicates the tyre size as 19inch
    91 – This indicates the tyres load index, a number that represents a total weight that this tyre can safely bear.
    Y – This indicates the tyres speed rating A to Y and outlines the maximum speed the tyre can handle.

    Summer vs Winter Tyres

    Many people change their tyres depending on the season.

    Winter tyres are more suited to cold weather conditions ranging from icy or snowy condition to wet or cold and dry roads.

    Summer tyres are best suited to wet and dry roads and will deliver optimum range, mileage and performance in warmer temperatures.

    The main visible difference between winter and summer tyres is the ‘grooves’ cut into the tyre for traction. On winter tyres these grooves are far more prominent and more rigid allowing for better grip in winter conditions.

    A winter tyre’s extra grip is not required in summer. These tyres actually create unnecessary friction on summer roads negatively impacting your cars performance and fuel consumption.

    Thank you for booking your tyre service with us!