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Tyres: The Ultimate Guide

Changing weather conditions can have a huge impact on a cars tyres so it’s critical to ensure your tyres are sufficient for all types of weather.

There are lots of things to think about to ensure your tyres are kept in good condition, which is crucial because a bald tyre for example could cause an accident.

Many people don’t have the knowledge to keep their tyres in good condition so the aim of this post is to provide information about tyres and how to look after them!

Which Tyre Brand Is the Best?

With so many different tyres out there, it’s difficult to know who makes the best ones! Like in many situations, there are a range of different options from the cheap budget tyres all the way up to the premium more expensive tyres.

Here’s some brands that offer more premium tyres:

  • Goodyear
  • Continental
  • Bridgestone
  • Pirelli

But if you haven’t got much of a budget to buy tyres, some of these brands may be out of your range.

However, some of the budget tyres do perform well and offer a good solution for those on a tighter budget.

It also depends on the type of car you drive. If the wrong tyre is chosen for a car, in some cases this can lead to problems. If you’re not sure which tyre is best for your car, I would recommend checking your servicing book.

How Long Do Tyres Usually Last?

The length of time that tyres will last depends on a variety of factors.

The way in which a car is being driven will have an impact of its tyres as well as the roads that are being driven on. How well the tyres are looked after also has a big impact on how long they will last.

But if you’re looking for general rule of thumb as to how long a set of four tyres will last, it’s usually around 20,000 miles.

What Do The Numbers on a Tyre Mean?

If you’ve ever payed any attention to your tyres, you will have noticed a few numbers around the outside. These numbers all have their own meaning, so let’s take a look.

The number on a tyre comes in the following format – 195/55 R16 87V.

  • 195 = this is the length of a tyre in mm
  • 55 = this is the ration between the tyres width and height. So in this case, it’s 55% of 195
  • R = this is basically the type of tyre it is. Most are Radial
  • 16 = this is the diameter of the tyre in inches
  • 87 = this is the load of which a car can carry
  • V = this is the tyre speed rating

So there you have it, you now know what all the numbers and letter mean on a tyre!

Legal Tyre Tread Depth

When a tyres tread depth reaches 1.6mm this is when it should definitely be changed. Although, many safety regulators say that a tyre should be changed once the tread depth is less than 3mm.

The grip on a tyre that doesn’t have much tread left will make an accident much more likely to happen.

You’re next question may be, how do I check my tread depth? Well there is a very easy method to do this.

Take a 20p coin and insert this into the tread on your tyre. If you can see the outer rim, it’s probably a good time to think about changing your tyres. This is because the outer rim of a 20p coin is 2.7mm so if you can see this then your tread depth is less than this which is getting close to the 1.6mm legal limit!

If you’re in need of new tyres and currently live and drive around the Northampton area and you’re looking for tyres in Sixfields, then visit your nearest Calmac Tyres or book online!

Tyre Pressures

Another element to consider is the pressure of your tyres. If you’re tyre pressures are low, you will use lots mor fuel so it’s good for your car and your wallet to check your tyre pressures at least once a month!

On the flip side, if a tyre has too much pressure, the cars handling may be affected which can be so dangerous!

First of all, you need to know what pressure your tyres should be and you will find this information with the owners manual. This comes in two numbers, one for normal driving and one for heavy loads.

Once you know what pressure your tyres need to be, it’s time to either visit your local petrol station, your local tyre fitters or purchase a tyre pressure pump like this one from Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/slp/cars-tyres-pressure-pump/bqhz2474uuer6rb

I really hope this post has provided you with some useful information about tyres and how to keep them safe for road use!