Tyre Safety Check | Birmingham & West Midlands | Johnsons Volkswagen

Tyre Safety Check​ at Johnsons in Birmingham & West Midlands

This October is Tyre Safety Month - so to mark the occasion, we'll give your tyres a proper check-up for free.

Come in to your Volkswagen Authorised Repairer, and we'll check your air pressure, tread depths and overall tyre condition, including your spare wheel or tyre mobility kit. In addition, as an extra bonus we will also give your vehicle a 34-point Express Visual Check, wash and vacuum.

Why tyre safety's so essential

Are your tyres safe for the months ahead? Watch our video to see why tyre safety is so important and what you should look out for.

We'll Price Match a like-for-like written quote for a new tyre(s) from any other garage within 5 miles - read more about our Tyre Price Match here. So that means you can ask around other local garages and get a written quote from them for the new tyre(s) you require. Then simply bring the quotes to your Volkswagen Authorised Repairer and we will price match them. can't say fairer than that. *Terms and conditions apply.

It’s very important to make sure that you fit the right tyres, as the original tyres on your Volkswagen are determined by joint consultation and extensive testing between the car and tyre manufacturers. This includes many aspects of the vehicle characteristics including road noise, fuel consumption and vehicle handling. Therefore, we recommend that changes in tyre, size or type should not be undertaken without seeking advice from Johnsons Volkswagen.

Maintenance

Tips to keep your tyres roadworthy

Regular maintenance and correct replacement of your tyres is vital, there are three basic checks that you can do to help prolong the life of your tyres, reduce your fuel bills and CO2 emissions, and ensure your Volkswagen can brake, accelerate and corner properly.

  • Check your tyre pressure
  • Check your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1.6mm. This is essential for your safety in all weather conditions.
  • Inspect your tyres regularly for any cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread.

Tyre pressures

Correct tyre pressures are vital to your safety on the road. Under-inflated tyres will affect the vehicles handling and grip, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable vehicle behavior. They’re also much more likely to suffer from a dangerous blowout, especially on high-speed motorway journeys. By keeping your tyres at the recommend pressures, your running costs are also reduced as under-inflated tyres require a bigger force to make them turn, using more fuel. Additionally, tyres which are not set to their correct pressure will wear out quicker. So, to benefit from lower fuel bills, longer tyre life, increased safety and reduced CO2 emissions, make sure you check your tyre pressures at least once a month and before a long journey.

For help on how to find your pressures, please consult your owners handbook or fuel filler flap.

Tread depth

Adequate tread depth is essential to your safety as the tyre tread helps to remove water from the road surface allowing your tyre to grip the road. As your tyre tread depth wears down, its ability to remove water and grip in the wet is reduced, compromising your safety. The legal minimum tread depth for a car tyre in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.

Driving on tyres which fail to meet this regulation is not only dangerous but illegal and can result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre! We’ll gladly check your tyres tread depth, but if you’d like to do it yourself all you need is 20p. Checking that your tyres comply with the minimum tread depth regulations is easy and should be carried out on a regular basis, we recommend once a month. The most accurate method is to use a calibrated tread depth gauge, checking the depth in at least three points around the tyre.

If you don't have a calibrated tread depth gauge, a quick and easy way to check is by using a 20p coin. Simply place the coin into the main tread of your tyre. If the marked rim of the coin doesn’t totally disappear into the tread, your tyres may be illegal and should be checked by your local Volkswagen retailer. If your tyres need to be replaced, we'll provide tyres of the same high quality as factory-fitted originals at competitive prices.

Terms and Conditions*

  • Quotes supplied must be from any VAT registered garage with a UK Standard Industrial Classification (UK SIC) of 45200, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles within a 5 mile driving distance from the participating Volkswagen Authorised Repairer’s premises
  • Like for like content of quote must be for exactly comparable work – we reserve the right to verify this
  • We will only price match genuine quotations that are available to any member of the public at the garage’s advertised rates and are free from special offers or negotiated discount
  • Tyre quotes must be fully fitted including VAT, including: valves, balancing and disposal charges
  • Tyres must be of identical specification – size, brand, pattern, load, speed rating and manufacturers markings
  • Quotes must be presented to the participating Volkswagen Authorised Repairer within [30] days of the original quote being issued
  • Quotes from internet retailers are excluded
  • Offer is for Retail customers only
  • Offer is valid from 1st October 2017 to 31st October 2017, and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. At participating Volkswagen Authorised Repairers only.
  • This Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or discount.