A Guide to Buying Tyres by Tyre Shopper

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Car Maintenance

It is always best practice to regularly maintain your car in order to identify any potential issues that your vehicle may have; this especially includes your tyres. By law a tyre must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.

When the tread wears the car’s ability to grip the road rapidly deteriorates, Tyre shopper recommends that you perform regular checks once the depth reaches between 2mm and 3mm. Your car’s grip in wet conditions may be compromised at this point; therefore it is time to consider replacing the worn car tyres.

It would be ideal to replace all of the car tyres at the same time; however this is an infrequent option due to front and rear tyres wearing at different rates. In most cases the front tyres will need replacing first.

Choosing Tyres

Before choosing your tyres, consult the manufacturer’s handbook for your vehicle. It is the best starting point for identifying the most suitable tyres to buy. The majority of vehicles in the UK drive on summer tyres as standard.

Winter tyres are designed to handle on wet, icy and poor weather conditions. The sidewall size and rating markings will be the same, but the noticeable difference between summer and winter tyres is the tread pattern. If you fit car tyres that are not recommended by the manufacturer your vehicle’s handling performance can be seriously affected.

Tyre markings
 Tyre markings are a useful guide for drivers picking a replacement tyre for their car- that is if you understand the markings of course. However it is quite simple when you know how, the only real difficulty is that each make of tyre is presents its markings uniquely, so it can take a moment to locate markings that denote the size, dimensions and performance of the tyre.
Here’s what each section of the code means, using the tyre size and specification 175/65 R14 T:
·         175 – tyre width in millimetres
·         65 – tyre sidewall profile, ie the sidewall height expressed as a percentage of its width
·         R – radial (rather than a cross ply)
·         14 – diameter of the wheel rim, in inches
·         T – speed rating, which must match or exceed the maximum speed of your car

When buying a new set of tyres, Tyreshopper recommends that you stick to the same specification as those already fitted.
Run-flat tyres
Run flat tyres are specially engineered to support a vehicle’s weight when suffering a puncture. Depending on the make and model of your car, drivers can travel as much as an extra 90 miles before replacing the run-flat tyre.

A run-flat tyre has special moulded markings on the sidewall and can include; DSST, RFT, ROF and RunFL.
Run-flat tyres are only designed to support the vehicle’s weight and therefore should not be used when towing. It is important to identify at the outset if your vehicle uses them as mixing types of tyre can lead to poor road handling.
Purchase Your Tyres
Once you have identified which tyres need to be replaced; consulted the manufacturer’s handbook and checked against the markings on the tyre’s sidewall you will have a tick-list of requirements for the right tyre.

Simply visit tyre-shopper.co.uk and enter your results into the handy search tool.

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