1. Tyre Markings
Ever wondered what the letters and numbers mean on the sidewall of your tyre?
They tell you: The width, the profile (height of the tyre wall), speed rating, load index and the wheel size .
2. Tyre Labelling
All tyres are labelled with their relative fuel consumption, wet grip and noise levels.
3. Tread Depth
It’s a legal requirement that all tyres must have a minimum tread of 1.6mm.
If your tread is below this then you need to replace your tyres ASAP.
Check out the 20p test here
4. Tyre Pressure
It’s important that you know your vehicles tyre pressure. If you’re unsure you can find out your tyre pressure in your vehicle handbook.
5. Dot Code
This is the four digit code found on the circumference of the tyre. This signifies when your tyre was constructed. The first two digits tell you the week when the tyre was in production and the last two digits specify the year.
6. Guinness World Record
According to the Guinness World Records a company from Dubai has set a new world record: The world’s most expensive tyres! Encrusted with diamonds and gold, the tyres cost 2.2 million dirhams ($600,000)
7. Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems
Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) monitors the tyre pressure on your vehicle's tyres. If there is a change in the pressure and/or temperature then the TPMS will alert the driver.
8. Winter Tyre
Winter tyres work best during temperatures lower than 7 degrees. The rubber is less affected by snowy and icy conditions. Winter tyres have high grip levels during the winter seasons improving the cars safety.
9. Runflat Tyres
Runflat tyres allow you to travel for a limited distance due to the reinforced sidewalls which allows the tyres to travel without air until you reach a nearby garage.
It’s recommended that you replace all punctured runflat tyres.
10. Road Accidents
Many accidents each year are due to vehicle tyres being under inflated or below the legal tread depth.