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All you need to know about buying tyres.

Added: 19 September 2017

With winter fast approaching, it’s essential to make sure you have strong and efficient tyres to keep you on the road. Should you find yourself victim to some unpleasant potholes or deadly debris, we’ve come up with a guide so you know exactly where to go.

Checking your tyres:

Firstly, you need to know how to check your tyres, to ensure you are changing them at the best time. When assessing your car tyres, you need to search for signs of wear and tear by looking for any cuts or bulges. When doing this,you could find things like nails or glass which will tell you it’s probably time to get a new tyre! Next, checking the tread will the biggest sign of whether your tyres need changing or not. You can do this by using a 20 pence coin and placing it in the tyres tread. If you can see the outer band of the coin, it mean the tread is run down so the tyre will need replacing. The legal minimum limit for tread depth is 1.6mm which if caught below this, you could be faced with a hefty fine and points on your licence – so don’t let the tread, tread on you and get your tyres replaced at 2mm.

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What tyre do I get?

When you’ve identified if you need to change your tyres or not, you need to check for the correct size.This can be found on your current tyres as the raised letters on the sidewall state the size code you’ll need to look for. For example, if your tyre reads‘215/40R17’ it means; your tyres width is 215mm, it has a 60 tyre profile, a radial construction, and it has a 15inch wheel rim diameter. It’s always important to make sure this code is correct otherwise the wrong size can damage your car and make your vehicle unsafe to drive. It can be tricky to know the type of tyre to buy, so here’s some help with the safety labelling and what it all means.

Fuel economy

Energy saving tyres can be beneficial with the overall running of your car. These tyres decrease tyre rolling resistance by creating friction which leads to a reduction in fuel consumption, so a full tank will take you further whilst also reducing the CO2 emissions of your vehicle. So when you look at the tyres available for your car, look at it’s A to G rating, and get the class closest to A, as you’ll save more money on fuel, making this type of tyre an excellent choice.


When you’re buying car tyres, the emission of noise probably won’t spring to mind as an important factor,but this is something that is important to consider in the tyre-buying process.You can find a decibels sign on a tyres information dictating one, two, or three sound waves, stating the level of external rolling noise of the tyre based on the EU tyre label. You may want to remember, this doesn’t measure the in-car tyre noise that you will hear when you drive, and so it’s less essential that you buy tyres with no noise bar as this is a factor you will have less influence on the running of your vehicle.

Wet Grip

The degree of wet grip a tyre has significantly effects how safe you are when driving in the rain. The better the wet grip, the shorter the braking distance, and the less likely you are to aquaplane in wet or slippery conditions! Whilst the EU chose wet grip as the most representative of reduced adherence in Europe, there are other relevant tyres factors to consider for improved driving safety to consider,like; directional control, wet and dry surface deceleration ability,aquaplaning behaviour, and road holding ability. You will want to look out for a good level of wet grip when searching for tyres, especially with the rain and snow season fast approaching.

Speciality Tyres

Not only do tyres have labelling that can be confusing, but you when search for new tyres, you could be confused with the array of different tyres presented to you. This breakdown should help you understand the difference, so you can decide what tyres fit your needs.

  • Wide tyres – these are popular with drivers of sports cars due to their striking appearance and the advantageous transfer of energy between the car and the road. However, these are expensive tyres and won’t be suitable for every type of car.
  • XL tyres – these tyres are best for providing vehicles that carry heavy loads with a stable substructure as they are reinforced, meaning they have a load index of 93 or 95, in comparison to an identical non-reinforced tyre.
  • Low profile tyres – these tend to be less comfortable tyres to drive with due to their extreme dimensions, which make them noisier and have a higher fuel consumption. These tyres have a low height so vehicles will have better bend handling and stability than with other tyres.
  • Used tyres – purchasing used tyres can save costs and can mean you get a well-preserved used tyre for a small fee, however they will have a shorter lifespan than new tyres. If you decide to buy used tyres, ensure the tread is at least 8mm deep so you won’t have to change them anytime soon!
  • Remould tyres – remoulds are an alternative to used tyres. They are tyres that although are old, they are undamaged and have received a new tread, and so if done by a professional can be almost as good as new, but with a much lower price. Because they have been recycled, these speciality tyres are actually better for the environment,so you they could be worth your consideration!
  • Summer tyres – as you can probably guess, these tyres are for specific summer use,from around April to October. They work best in hotter temperatures as their hard rubber grooves transport water away from the tire so it doesn’t float, and stays dry.
  • Winter tyres – likewise, winter tyres are specifically required by law to be used on wintery roads. In comparison to summer tyres, they are softer so they remain flexible during lower temperatures. This allows the tyres to interlock with snow and ice to improve traction, preventing skidding in treacherous weather conditions.
  • All-season tyres – these tyres are a combination of summer and winter tyres however they can be prone to wear faster and have increased fuel consumption due to their high rolling resistance.

How should I buy my tyres?

Once you’ve found the best tyres for your needs, you will need to find the most convenient way for you to purchase your tyres. There are many places you can get tyres, but you need to decide carefully which provider is the best and the most convenient for you.You may prefer to search online to gain an understanding of the price you can expect to pay before turning up at a garage or dealer. You should also remember some sites will charge you more for their brand assurance and big name, like Halfords or Kwik fit. Or alternatively, you can search online for dealers in your local area. You will often find dealer prices to be lower than big companies, and will also give you instant results – meaning you will pay less and won’t have to wait to get a booking! Beware though, some dealers won’t have an up-to-date website, so it’s always better off to phone in advance to see what they can do for you!

At Dinnages, we can help you with your tyres by giving them a check and providing replacements. Our aftersales team are devoted to providing a professional service to ensure you get back on the road in no time. Contact us today!

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