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Buyer's Guide: How To Buy Van Tyres

Van tyres have a particularly tough job, they are responsible for bearing the load of extensive weight and have to ensure that they stick to the road under great pressure. Choosing the right tyres for your van is important not only for your and your passenger's safety, but is also important if you're not to waste a significant amount of money by continually having to replace them. In this guide we talk you through the important factors in choosing your van tyres and what else you should consider for safe van tyre maintenance.

How to choose the right van tyres

Van tyre undoubtedly have a hard life and choosing the right van tyres is not only a matter of safety, but can also be a matter of reducing fuel consumption. Choosing the right tyres should involve a little research as to brand quality; whilst there are some budget tyres, however purchasing cheaper tyres can often be a false economy, as they wear out quicker.

Van tyre maintenance

Maintaining your van tyres is essential to your safety as well as meeting your legal responsibilities. This is particularly important today as companies tend to hang onto their vehicles for longer periods of time. The following guidance will help you maintain your tyres safely:

Van tyre tread

The UK law dictates that tyres must have a tread of at least 1.6mm to be legally acceptable (this is measured across the centre of each tyre). Should you be found to be violating this law with tyres with any less tread you could face a fine of anything up to £250, plus 3 penalty points on your license, which could significantly push your insurance premiums up.

With all that said however, many campaigners do recommend a minimum level of 3mm, which can, of course, increase the safety and efficiency of van tyres.

National is a keen supporter of the 3mm campaign, a tyre safety initiative which promotes changing tyres when they reach 3mm, the optimum tread depth for wet braking performance. After this, tyre performance, particularly in the wet, declines considerably.

Tyre pressure

Having the correct tyre pressure helps lower the cost of driving, reduces carbon dioxide emissions and also enhances driving safety.

Correct pressure

Ensuring that your tyres have the correct pressure is just as important as ensuring that you have the legal requirement on tread on your tyres. Having tyres that aren't inflated sufficiently can cause uneven wear and tear as well as using more fuel. To ensure yours are correctly filled you should refer back to the manufacturer's website.

Cold van tyres

When checking your tyre pressure you should ensure that your tyres are cold, or if that's not possible, ensure that you've only driven a relatively short distance.

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