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How to safely run in your new tyres

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 12:31 -- Steve Nacci

You might be surprised to learn that driving on brand new tyres needs a little care and consideration.

Brand new tyres have a number of tiny vent holes on the surface as a result of the moulding process – new tyres are also incredibly smooth.

To remove these holes and prepare the smooth surface for day-to-day driving, we recommend that new tyres be run in for the first 150 to 200 miles.

Running in simply means driving at medium speeds on dry roads, whilst trying to avoid sharp cornering and hard braking.

Driving on wet roads is unavoidable sometimes, and in these conditions we recommend being extra careful during the running-in period. Wherever possible, increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front and if you use the “2-second rule”, add a bit more time.

Give yourself a little more time when approaching junctions and moderate your cornering speed.

Your new tyres should be ready to give you maximum grip and performance after 150 to 200 miles.

The tyres will have abraded and the slippery silicone agent used to release the tyres in the moulding process will have worn off.

If you are thinking of fitting winter tyres or snow tyres, try and fit these before the bad weather sets in to make sure you benefit from maximum grip and performance when you need it.

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