Tyres & Alignment
As the contact point between your car and the road, tyres are arguably the most important component of your car. However, with so many options available, selecting the right tyre for your car can be a daunting task. If you’re looking for tyres in Saffron Walden then we’re here to help.
At Saffron Autos we will work with you to understand your individual driving needs. We will explain the different types of tyres available so that you can make an informed decision, whether that’s premium, budget or something in between.
Whatever your tyre needs are, you can rely on us to get the job done swiftly and at a competitive price.
We stock a wide range of tyres for most vehicles and all our technicians are fully trained and highly knowledgeable.
Our tyres are guaranteed and fully fitted (including balancing, valves and disposal of old tyres).
If appropriate, we also offer a puncture repair service.
How do you know what size?
You need to know the size of your tyre before you buy. This is normally printed on the outside edge of the tyre, in raised lettering. If you have any problems locating this, we are happy to help. Just give us a call.
We can fit tyres while you wait
If your tyres are wearing unevenly, you have a puncture or you or are close to the legal limit, we can provide a replacement or repair while you wait. If you have a flat tyre, don’t panic we can get you safely back on the road in no time.
Minimum tyre tread levels and how to measure them
The legal tyre tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre.
There are gauge devices available that will give a precise measurement. However, if you do not have one of these, a simpler test is to insert a 20p coin into the lowest tread depth of your tyres.
If you cannot see the outer rim around the edge of the coin, your tyre could be safe. If you can see the rim, then your tyre tread is less than 3mm and should be checked by a professional as a matter of urgency.
Not only is driving with tyres under 1.6mm dangerous but you could also risk a large penalty fine and points on your licence.
Wheel alignment and why you need it
Wheel alignment can reduce tyre wear, improve fuel consumption and ensure safer driving.
Using the latest equipment, Saffron Autos can measure and improve all of the geometry of your steering and suspension with a high degree of accuracy. Not only will this reduce wear on your tyres, it will improve the comfort and handling of your drive too.
Wheel alignment should be carried out at least once a year under general driving conditions (speed bumps and potholes especially can lead to alignment issues). Should you have a bump on the kerb or a similar incident, we would recommend getting tested urgently.
How to check your tyre pressure
As well as being potentially dangerous, tyres driven at the wrong pressure can wear out unevenly and, as a result, will need changing more often.
Your vehicle’s correct tyre pressure values are normally shown inside the driver door or on the inside of your fuel cap.
You will need to remove your tyres dust cover and attach the air hose to measure the pressure. Then simply top up or release air until the pressures are correct for all your wheels.
Tyre pressure readings are most accurate when tyres are cold.
If you are unsure about how to check your tyre pressure, one of our experienced experts will be happy to help you.