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Tyres and Wheel Alignment in Dorking | Vital Safety Services

As a reputable garage based in Dorking, Station View Garage cannot stress the importance of good quality tyres and correct wheel alignment enough. Our customers in the town, as well as Leatherhead, Reigate and the Mole Valley area, only have one point of contact between their vehicle and the road while they’re driving -  their tyres.


It has been proven time and again that tyres with deeper treads and aligned wheels provide maximum levels of safety on the road.


Below, we underline some of the reasons why tyres and wheel alignment should be a priority for any motorist.

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Tyres | The Importance of Tread Depth


We provide an extensive range of tyres for our customers in Dorking, Leatherhead, Reigate and the Mole Valley area.


From the moment we fit new tyres, the road continually wears them down. Even the most cautious of drivers only delays the inevitable day when the minimum tread depth is reached. Legally, that minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. It is illegal for a vehicle to have tyres with a tread depth any lower. As such, Station View Garage follows most manufacturers in recommending our Dorking, Leatherhead, Reigate and Mole Valley area customers change their tyres when the tread depth reaches 3mm.


By design, tyre treads offer grip against the surface of the road and displace water in wet conditions. According to an independent study for Bridgestone, a car with tyre tread depths of 8mm travelling at 80km/h takes 53.6 metres to reduce its speed to 20km/h. A car with tyre tread depths of 1.6mm takes 70 metres to brake to 20km/h under the same conditions.


Quite simply, the smaller the tread depth of a tyre, the less able it is at handling wet conditions and emergency braking situations. To maximise the performance of a vehicle, and to reduce dangers such as aquaplaning, we continually recommend tyre maintenance services to motorists in Dorking, Leatherhead, Reigate and the Mole Valley area.


Our Dorking-based technicians fit tyres from every major manufacturer, including:


  • Kumho
  • Avon
  • Michelin
  • Goodyear
  • Pirelli
  • Bridgestone
  • Firestone
  • Specialist tyres for Classic Cars



The Importance of Wheel Alignment


We supply a wheel alignment service for motorists in Dorking, Leatherhead, Reigate and the Mole Valley area.


Much like tyre tread depth, wheel alignment plays a pivotal role in vehicle safety. When undertaken by one of our technicians, wheel alignment helps reduce drag, maintain correct handling and increase the longevity of tyres.


If a vehicle’s tyres are not aligned, there are a number of potential safety issues including:


  • Poor Handling
  • Trouble Cornering
  • Inefficient Steering
  • Inability to Drive Straight


What’s more, tyres on wheels that aren’t aligned properly wear far quicker than those that are.


Our Dorking, Leatherhead, Reigate, and Mole Valley area customers can rest assured that when it comes to wheel alignment, we have industry leading, state-of-the-art equipment. We use a Hunter DSP400 to carry out wheel alignment services, ensuring results that comply with the highest possible safety standards.


For more information on our range of tyres and wheel alignment services in Dorking, Leatherhead and Reigate, call 01306 880 149.

image of rows of tyres
image of rows of tyres