Tyre replacement and repair

Practical tips for taking good care of your tyres

Tyres are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road so taking care of your tyres is one of the most important checks you can do on your vehicle.

At LeasePlan we want all our drivers to remain safe and legal so we've detailed below a few things you need to know about tyres and how we can help you when your tyres need changing.

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Top tips for maintaining your tyres

Whenyou need your tyres changing this is information we will need.


Know your tyre size & where your locking wheel nuts are

Not all vehicles have the same size or type of tyres fitted.

The information we need is on the side of your tyres as the illustration shows.

A great tip is, when you get your vehicle take a picture of your tyre size on your phone. You will need to take a picture of the front and rear tyre as the sizes may well differ. This means you always have the details to hand and it saves you needing to look up this information when you need your tyres changed.

Most vehicles are fitted with locking wheel nuts and the fitter will need these to replace the tyre. They are usually in the boot of your vehicle where the spare tyre is but its worth checking that they are there. There isn’t a ‘standard’ so if you don’t have these it will cause delays and additional cost when you need your tyres changing.


Check your tyre pressures

You don’t need to do this every week but tyre pressures should be manually checked when they are cold at least once a month or before a long journey. You can do this at most petrol stations and it only takes 5 minutes.

Many vehicles now have a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) fitted which will alert you when your tyre pressures are wrong. Don’t ignore this and check the tyres pressures when you are alerted. You will need to re-set the TMPS after you’ve correctly inflated the tyres and your vehicle handbook will show you how to do this.

The TMPS only checks the pressure in your tyres, not the depth of tread remaining.

This is really important as over or underinflated tyres not only mean you may increase braking distances and reduce grip but it will also cost you money. Under-inflated tyres do reduce your fuel efficiency and also reduce the life of the tyre by up to 25%.

Usually the correct pressure for your vehicle can be found on a sticker inside one of your doors as in thepicture.


Check your tyre tread depth

While you’re checking pressures, it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the tyre’s condition.

The law requires tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. To help you judge how much tread you have on your vehicle tyres, manufacturers often mould tread bars at roughly 1.6mm.

At LeasePlan we change tyres at 2mm as standard so you should never be on illegal tyres providing you check them regularly.

Many manufacturers now include a Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) within the grooves of the tyre tread which become more visible as the tyre wears down. Whilst these markings are an indicator, always check the tread depth using a tread depth gauge and check your tyres regularly for bulges, wear or other signs of damage.

You can also check the tread depth quite simply by using a 20p coin as the picture shows, but if your not sure then pop into one of our approved tyre centres and they will check them for you free of charge.


    Take a close up photo of your tyres when your vehicle is delivered so that you will always have the tyre information to hand.

Questions about tyres