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Buying tyres

What you need to know before buying new tyres

Buying a new set of tyres is one of the most important decisions you can make for your vehicle. As we like to remind our customers, the tyre is the most critical point of contact between the car and the road. Aspects like grip, tread, rolling resistance and wear should be given due consideration because they’ll make a significant impact on overall handling and performance.

Key requirements

There are a number of considerations when buying tyres but lets start with some of the key points.

The first is what size is my tyre? This can be found on the tyre's sidewall information and will look something like 205/55R16.

The next important consideration is the tyre's service description .This consists of  two important pieces of information which indicates the tyre's maximum load and speed capability. This can be  found on the tyre's sidewall usually directly after the size information, and consist of a number and letter. To determine the  actual load and speed capability figures then refer to industry tables. 

There is also a many more other information on the sidewall of the tyre such as the tyre manufacturer, pattern type and tread wear indicators.

Now we know the size and service description we now need to look at other considerations. 


Tyre sidewall information

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What does the information on the tyre sidewall mean?

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Vehicle type & Application

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What type of vehicle do I drive?

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Other considerations

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Other considerations you need to know before buying any tyres.

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