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How can I find out my correct tyre size?

Enter your vehicle registration using our tyre search tool to identify the tyre sizes that should fit your vehicle. We recommend that you check that the tyre size you select matches that printed on the sidewall of your existing tyre.

What is the legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on a tyre?

In the UK it is against the law to drive a vehicle fitted with tyres that have less than 1.6 millimetres of tread remaining anywhere around the complete circumference of the tyre. Doing so can result in a maximum £2500 fine per tyre and points on your driving licence.

How can I tell when my tyres need changing?

Regular tyre inspections will help to identify when your tyres need changing or any other issues that should be checked by a professional. Worn tread is the most common reason why tyres need replacing and you should check your tread regularly to ensure there is more than 1.6mm of tread remaining. The tread indicators built into the tyre grooves will help you to see when your tread depth is getting low. Also, look out for any damage such as cuts, cracks and bulges that may suggest the tyre needs to be replaced. You may also notice a detoriation in driving performance such as poor handling in wet conditions and longer braking distances.

What should my tyre pressure be?

The recommended tyre pressures for your vehicle can be found in your vehicle handbook. This information can also sometimes be found printed in the jamb of the driver’s door. Be aware that the front and rear tyre pressures may differ and that your manufacturer will recommend different pressures depending on the interior weight such as number of passengers.

How can I tell when my car has a wheel alignment problem?

The common symptoms of a wheel alignment issue are uneven tyre wear such as excessive wear on the inside or outside edges of the tyre; the vehicle pulling to one side; and the steering wheel being crooked when the wheels are pointed straight forward. Wheel alignment involves adjusting the angle of your wheels to the optimum position as per the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation to resolve such issues.

What is a winter tyre?

Winter tyres are designed differently to summer tyres to provide additional performance benefits in ice and snow and temperatures below 7oC. The key difference is the addition of tiny grooves known as sipes across the larger tread blocks which help provide grip on snow and ice. Winter tyres are also constructed from a compound containing more natural rubber which does not harden in cold climates like regular summer tyres.

What are the benefits of winter tyres?

When the weather drops below 7oC winter tyres boast certain benefits over their summer counterparts due to their unique design. This includes better control and grip in snow and ice, improved aquaplaning resistance on wet roads and notably shorter stopping distances. A vehicle with winter tyres travelling at 20mph on an icy road will stop an average of 11 metres shorter than the same vehicle fitted with summer tyres.

Can I replace a run flat tyre with a regular tyre?

While it is possible to do this, you should not mix run flat tyres with conventional tyres. Therefore it is only recommended that you switch to regular tyres if you are changing all 4 tyres at the same time. You should bear in mind however that vehicles that are fitted with run flat tyres as standard usually do not come with a spare tyre.

Are run flat tyres compatible with my vehicle?

Our tyre search may include Run Flat tyres in the search results but please make sure these are compatible with your specific vehicle make and model before purchasing. Check your vehicle handbook for details. Run flat tyres should only be fitted on vehicles with a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) which notifies the driver when a loss of pressure has been detected. If you vehicle is already fitted with Run Flat Tyres it is recommended that any replacements fitted are also Run Flats.

What is the load index?

Load Index refers to the load carrying capability of the tyre. It is a numerical code that relates to the max weight the tyre can hold. If the tyre has a higher load index it is capable of carrying heavier loads. Drivers of vans, commercial vehicles and even people carriers should consider fitting tyres with an increased Load Index which are constructed with robust materials to carry added weight.

Can I buy a tyre with a different speed rating to my existing tyre?

It is recommended that you select a tyre with the same speed rating as your existing tyre however you can safely move up to a higher speed rating without any adverse effects. You should never switch to a lower speed rating than your existing tyres and you should check your vehicle handbook for the recommended speed rating for your vehicle.

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