Tyres

Your Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Tyres

Tyres on commercial vehicles lead a hard life, often carrying heavy loads and working in tough environments. Make sure yours are roadworthy.

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Tyre pressure

Tyre pressure

Ensuring your tyres are at the right pressure is vital to your safety on the road. Under-inflated tyres reduce your vehicle’s handling and grip. Under-inflated tyres also require more force to turn them, so by keeping your tyres at the recommended pressure, you’ll reduce your running costs through using less fuel and extending your tyre life.

Towing

Vans often need to tow in addition to carrying heavy loads.

The correct tyre pressures can be found in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap, or on driver's door sill.

If you cannot find specific towing instructions, the rear tyres of your vehicle should be set to the 'fully laden' pressure.

Correctly inflated for load
Tyre contact with road is even across tread width, resulting in even wear of tread.
Over inflated for load
Tyre contact with road in the centre of the tread, resulting in excessive wear in the centre.
Under inflated for load
Tyre contact with road concentrated on edges of tread, resulting in excessive wear of shoulders.

Checking tyres

Checking your tyres

Commercial vehicles are subject to the same tyre laws as cars. The legal requirement is a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the centre three quarters of the tyre around the whole circumference. This is essential for your safety in all weather conditions. Your tyre tread improves grip by removing water from the road surface as you travel. As your tyre tread depth wears the grip is reduced significantly, so it’s important to inspect them.

Remember to also check your tyres regularly for any abrasions, bulges, uneven wear or objects stuck in the tread.

Tyres failing to meet regulations is not only dangerous but illegal and can result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

How to check

The best method is to use a calibrated tread depth gauge, checking the depth in a minimum of three points around the tyre. A basic check can simply be done with 20p. Place the coin into the main tread of your tyre. If part of the edge of the coin is still visible above the tread, your tyres could be illegal.

We recommend checking once a month. We can also perform a tyre check at your local van centre. If your tyres need to be replaced, we'll provide tyres of the same quality as your factory-fitted originals.

Braking Distance

When driving a commercial vehicle, it's particularly important to note that your braking distance can be dramatically increased when carrying heavy loads. Tyres on commercial vehicles live a hard life, so it's important to check your tread depth, take into account the load you're carrying, and alter your tyre pressure as well as your driving style accordingly.

Choosing tyres

Choosing the correct tyres

Choosing the correct tyres
It’s particularly important you choose the correct tyres for your commercial vehicle. Vans are usually heavier than normal cars and often carry loads. This extra weight increases stopping distance, so its vital that not only your tyre pressure and tread depths are correct, but also that the correct tyres are fitted.

Part worn tyres
When replacing tyres, fitting new tyres is the safest option. Many aftersales providers offer part-worn tyres however 98% are sold illegally and 34% are not roadworthy. Many drivers feel they can save money buying part worn tyres, however this is false economy. In fact, per mm of tread, part worn tyres on average work out 19% more expensive.

Winter tyres
Most drivers are aware that snowy, icy conditions have an impact road safety. However, even cold, damp roads affect tyre performance. Normal tyres have less grip in these conditions. In fact, below 7°C, the tread in normal tyres begins to harden, providing less grip.

Fortunately, manufacturers have developed a range of winter tyres designed to operate in these conditions, improving safety throughout the entire winter period.

Contact your local van centre for advice on winter tyres