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.
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.
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.
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.