FREE tyre safety check for AXA customers with Firststop & Fastfit
Here at AXA we want to insure your safety!!
Avoid a fine and penalty points and visit your nearest Firststop & Fastfit to receive a free check on the condition of your tyres to make sure that your car tyres are up to the standard required by law.
It is vital that your tyres are in good condition because they are the only point of contact that your car has with the road.
This Free Tyre Safety Check includes:
- The depth of your treads
- Inspection for cracks or rubber fatigue
- Condition of the tyre valves
- Inspect the tyres for uneven wear
- Ensure your spare is in suitable condition to use
- Right tyres are on your vehicle
As an AXA customer, if you do need replacement tyres you will save €5 off the normal price of each Bridgestone, Firestone or Dayton tyre purchased with Firststop & Fastfit.
Although it is already an offence to drive a vehicle with defective or worn tyres, there is now a fixed charge (or fine) of €80, with two penalty points endorsed on the licence on payment of the fixed charge for commission of the offence, or four penalty points following conviction in court. These new regulations came into force from Sunday, 17 April 2016
Did you know:
- That as your tread depth decreases, your stopping distance will increase.
- Incorrect tyre pressure also causes longer braking distances as the tyres surface contact with the road is less effective.
Make sure your tread is safe and legal.
Tyres have 4 vital functions:
- Provide grip for braking and acceleration
- Maintain steering and directional control
- Support the weight of the vehicle
- Act as a shock absorber for vibrations from the road
Check your tread depth
As your tyres are the only part of your vehicle that grips the road, the depth of tread on your tyres is a very important for the safety of your vehicle. It also signals the health of the tyre. Driving with low tread depth increases the potential for tyre failure and aquaplaning. Low tread depth in winter weather conditions can severely reduce grip and control.
Anything under 3mm can compromise performance and safety. Check your tread depth on all four tyres. It is recommended that you check the inner, outer and center of the tyre. Use a dedicated tread gauge or the built-in tread wear indicator on your tyres (the legal limit of 1.6mm is reached when the tyre is worn the level of the tread wear indicators in the main groove).
Check your tyre pressure
Under inflation can cause tyre damage. Likewise, over inflation can reduce tyre life, reduce grip and create irregular wear.
Maintaining correct inflation pressure is essential. Tyres naturally lose pressure over time so you need to refill them regularly. Check your tyre pressure at least once a month and when your tyres are cold, and before long journeys.
By keeping your tyres at their optimum pressure, your running costs are also reduced. Under-inflated tyres require a bigger force to make them turn, so your car uses more fuel. Additionally, tyres which are not set to their correct pressure wear out more quickly.
The correct pressures for your vehicle can normally be found in your owner’s manual. The information may also be marked on the vehicle (for example in the driver’s door pillar, or on the inside of the petrol flap). In most cases two different sets of pressures are given:
- For “normal” driving conditions
- For a loaded vehicle (with extra people or heavy items on board).
To check your tyre inflation pressures you will need a tyre pressure gauge or use the gauge on the inflation equipment found at most garages and petrol stations
Check for damage or irregular wear
Your tyres are built to withstand tough treatment, but they’re not indestructible. Poor wheel alignment, prolonged under or over-inflation and harsh road conditions can cause damage that will compromise the reliability of your tyres. Check regularly for uneven wear (on both sides of the tyre), tears, cracks or bulges on the sidewall and damage to the wheel rims.
Motorists driving with defective tyres also risk a fine and penalty points.
Never buy part worn /second hand tyres as they can be a real safety risk, this is because you do not know the history of the tyre. It may have been in a crash or damaged internally. Such a tyre would look ok on visual inspection, but would be a serious risk to drive on.
Bald Tyres are downright dangerous and increase the risk of a crash, especially in bad weather. By law, it is a driver’s responsibility to make sure that their vehicle meets legal requirements and is in a roadworthy condition at all times.
If you drive with damaged or worn tyres, you are putting your own life and the life of others at risk. You also risk prosecution, a fine and penalty points.
Athlone: Kenna Complex, Old Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath.
Athlone: Athlone Tyres, Roscommon Road, Athlone.
Tel: 090 644 4690
Ballyfermot: Esso Sevice Station, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10.
Bray: Castle Street, Bray, Co Wicklow
Cabra: Dalymount Tyres, 2 Dowth Avenue, Cabra.
Tel: 01 8680712
Clanbrassil Street: 8 Malpas Street, Dublin 8
Telephone: 01 4543288
Clarehall: Malahide Road, Dublin 17. (Beside Clarehall Shopping Centre)
Coolmine: Unit 8, coolmine Ind Estate, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
Coolock: Greencastle Parade, Coolock, Dublin 17.
Cork: Dean Rock Business Park, Toger, Co Cork.
Crumlin: Old County Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12.
Donnybrook: Everready Centre (opp. Rugby Stadium), Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4.
Donnybrook: United Tyres First Stop, Donnybrook.
Tel: 01 283 0114
Drogheda: Drogheda Retail Park, Donore Rd, Drogheda, Co Louth
Telephone: 041 9742000
Dun Laoghaire: 9/10 Lower Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
Dundalk: Coes Road, Dundalk, Co Louth.
Galway: Addley Park, Liosban Industrial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway.
Lombard Street: 18 Lombard Street,Westland Row, Dublin 2
Longford: Longford Motors, Strokestown Road, Longford.
Tel: 043 334 6055
Naas Road: Naas Road, Kileen Road, Dublin 12
Naas Road: Healy’s Tyres, Monread Business Park, Naas.
Tel: 045 874 377
Navan: O’Neill’s Tyre and Servicing, Circular Road, Navan.
Tel: 046 945 6046
Omni: Omni Pak, Santry, Dublin 9.
Santry: Coolock Lane, Santry, Dublin 9
Tallaght: The Square, Blessington Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Taney Road: Taney Road, Goatstown, Dublin 14.
Waterford: Tramore Road, Co Waterford.
Wexford: New Road, Redmond Road, Co Wexford.
Wexford: Top Tyres, Ardcavan, Wexford.
Tel: 053 914 1092
Terms and Conditions
- The saving is only available in participating First Stop/Fast Fit branches (see Locations tab above)
- Customers must have a current AXA Insurance policy and show your AXA Plus card or your current AXA Insurance windscreen disc at the time of visit.
- This offer is only available to car, car-van or SUV and does not apply to commercial vehicles
- Cash will not be given in lieu
- The offer is non-transferable
- Offer expires on the 31/12/17
- This offer is available to AXA Insurance Republic of Ireland customers only
- AXA Plus Loyalty card must be presented at store to redeem the offer
- The AXA Plus Loyalty card is non- transferable and only valid for the person named on it
How to Redeem this offer:
To avail of this offer, all you have to do is call into your local participating First Stop/Fast Fit branch (see Locations tab above). Show your AXA Plus card or the current AXA windscreen insurance disc displayed on your car.