How To Identify what type of tyre my vehicle requires

Finding the right tyre for your vehicle and your driving needs can seem like a huge task because of the vast range of tyres available. There are a few things to bear in mind when picking new ones for your vehicle.


Finding the right tyre for your vehicle and your driving needs can seem like a huge task because of the vast range of tyres available. There are a few things to bear in mind when picking new ones for your vehicle.

Firstly, you'll need to know your vehicle's tyre size, which can be found on the wall of your tyre or in your vehicle's handbook. This tells you the wide of the tyre in millimetres; the ratio of the tyre's width to height; the diameter of the rim; the maximum load that each tyre can support; and the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry a load. So if your tyre's numbers are 167/40R 12 79 H. The 167 is the tyre width; 40 is the ratio; R stands for radial; 12 is the diameter of the wheel rim in inches; 79 is the load index; and H means the maximum speed rating is 130.

Once you are armed with your tyre size, you need to consider the quality of tyre you need. All tyres sold in the UK meet strict safety standards, but a top-quality tyre will last longer and provide a better driving experience than a budget one. Companies offering premium tyres, such as Dunlop, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli, have invested heavily in research, design and technology to provide a quality tyre with improved stopping distances, better fuel economy, great grip - particularly in wet conditions - and lower noise levels. If you drive many miles, these are certainly the type of tyres to consider. Mid-range tyres, such as Firestone or Yokohama, are also great value for money and have a long life-span. Budget tyres perform well in try weather but are unlikely to last as long as the premium brands or perform as well in wet or wintry weather.

Most people will use the same tyres throughout the year, but it could be worth considering buying winter or all-season tyres for maximum performance. All-season tyres have been developed to perform well in regions with moderate climates and wet winters. They will work better on wintry roads than a summer tyre and mean you do not have to swap tyres for the changing seasons. Winter tyres do not harden at low temperatures, unlike summer tyres, so have a firmer grip on the road during cold or icy weather. At Protyre garages we can advise you on the best brand and type of tyres for your vehicle.

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Dean Richardson

Dean is a Regional Director for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protech Academy. The Protech Academy is a centre of excellence where the Protyre team learn the latest mechanical knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and develop their expertise to share with our customers at their local garage. The Academy is also designed to help us stay ahead of the ever changing automotive market by ensuring we have the best skills available to deal with advanced driver assist systems, hybrid/ electric vehicles in addition to all the new technology finding their way into our vehicles. During Dean's career he has worked for some of the biggest names in the fast-fit and mechanical aftermarket and as the man responsible for developing our people and their mechanical skills he is ideally suited to help provide advice in the latest in car technology and ongoing maintenance of your vehicle no matter how new or old it maybe.

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