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Buyers Guide

We know buying tyres can be complicated, different sizes, profiles, load rating, speed rating and the list goes on. In this brief guide we will help you locate the information we need to know in order to help you.

Tyre Size

Given your tyre size we can tell you exactly what options you have. Some websites use registration plate numbers to identify which tyres you may have, but this can sometimes produce a more confusing list depending on the wheels you have fitted.

This diagram shows where you can find the size of the tyres currently fitted to your vehicle along with your registration number we can then advise which tyres we can supply.

A. Tyre Width
The width of your tyre, in millimetres, measured from sidewall to sidewall.

B. Profile
This is the ratio of the tyre’s cross-section to its width, expressed as a percentage.

C. Rim Size
The diameter (height) of the wheel in inches.

D. Load
Your tyre’s load index relates to its maximum carrying capacity (in kg).

E. Speed Rating
The speed rating is the maximum speed for a tyre when it is correctly inflated and being used under load.

Summer Tyres

As you might guess, summer tyres are intended for use between sping and autumn.

This is because the compound used works best in temperatures that exceed 7°C. Any colder and the tyres harden, losing their traction properties.

Generally, the best summer tyres wear slower than all-season tyres or winter tyres. They also provide good traction on wet and dry surfaces.

All-Season Tyres

Automotive experts are in agreement that all season tyres (aka all weather tyres) are suitable for drivers who live in places that enjoy a more moderate climate without extremes in temperature.

One of the major benefits of using all season tyres is that there is no need to own two sets of tyres and swap between summer and winter tyres each year.

Winter Tyres

In temperatures below 7°C the compound and rubber in a summer tyre begin to harden.

Winter tyres, are constructed with a different type of rubber compound – containing a higher percentage of silica and natural rubber. This allows winter tyres to remain flexible and perform better in lower temperatures.

  • Enhanced Performance
  • Better Grip
  • Greater Control

Useful Information / Tyre Safety

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)

What is the purpose of the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in your vehicle.

Replacing Tyres

For safety and good performance, you must take care when selecting replacement tyres.

EU Label Information

The new EU tyre label is intended to give consumers more information when choosing new tyres.

Storing Tyres

When tyres are stored they should be stored in a cool, dry place away from sources of sunlight.

Reading a Sidewall

Everything you need to know about the writing and symbols on the sidewall

Correct Loading

Tyres which are loaded beyond their maximum allowable loads will build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tyre destruction.

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment and balancing are important for safety, comfort and maximum mileage from your tyres.

Correct Tyre Pressure

Driving on any tyre that does not have the correct inflation pressure is dangerous.

Tyre Inspection

In addition to performing regular maintenance, you must also keep an eye out for potential problems that might affect your tyres.

Tyre Inflation

Maintaining the correct tyre pressure will help to extend the life of your tyres, improve vehicle safety and maintain fuel efficiency.

Tyre Safe 2016

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EU Tyre Labelling

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Check Tyre Pressures

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