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A Guide To Buying Tyres

Added: 12 September 2017

Keeping your car tyres in top shape is an important aspect of owning a car, they’re in constant contact with the road and take the full force of anything you might encounter along the way, such as potholes and sharp debris. Here’s our guide on buying new tyres for your vehicle.

Checking Your Tyres

Before you go out and replace your tyres it’s best to check them yourselves so you get them changed at the best possible time. There are a few things you need to look out for when checking your tyres. Firstly any visible signs of wear and tear should be checked, look out for any cuts and bulges on the tyres and for any sharp objects such as nails that could be embedded. You should also check the tyre tread on a regular basis. There’s a simple way that just requires the use of a 20 pence coin. Simply place the coin in the tread of the tyre and if you can see the outer band of the coin it means it’s time to get them changed. The legal minimum limit you can drive on your tyres is 1.6mm, anything less than this will result in a hefty fine and points on your licence. We recommend getting your tyres changed once the tread wears to 2mm.

Buying Your Tyres

If you know what you need then ordering your new tyres will be pretty simple. But there are a few things you need to know if you’ve not bought them before. The most important thing to look for is that the tyres you’re ordering are the right size for your car. Take a look at your current tyres and you’ll find some raised letter on the sidewall, this is the size code you’ll need when ordering your new tyres. Buying the wrong size tyres can damage your car and also make them unsafe when driving. There are also a number of important tyre labels that you’ll need to look into as well. The labels often resemble those of white goods such as washing machines and refrigerators. These labels were introduced in 2012 and are designed to provide information on tyre safety. There are three aspects these labels look at; fuel economy, noise and wet grip. Each tyre will have a rating so you can be sure that the tyres you’re buying are the perfect fit for your car.

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