Every driver will need to buy tyres for their car at some time or other. However, not many drivers know what size or type will suit their needs best. You can always gain the help of a trusted tyre specialist, and of course we recommend this route. However, background reading on the subject won’t hurt when it comes to explaining to the technician what you need.

Before reading this tyre buying guide, think about how often you drive, where you drive and the number miles per year you complete on your journeys.

The Best Tyre Manufacturers

Since the dawn of petrol powered vehicles, rubber plants have been churning out tyres for four, two and even three wheelers. Over time many of these rubber plants became specialist tyre manufacturers with decades of experience and long histories of innovation. Here are just the cream of the crop, and brands that you should look for when purchasing new tyres:

Avon

Bridgestone

Continental

Dunlop

Firestone

Goodyear

Hankook

Michelin

Pirelli

Tyre Labelling

Since 2012, all tyres have been required to be sold with a industry standard label. The label lists the ratings of the tyre with regards to fuel efficiency, wet grip and external noise.

Fuel efficiency is measured in rolling resistance and displayed on the label as A-G. A being the best performer and G being the worst fuel economy. Wet grip is rated A-G as well. With A indicating the shortest braking distance in wet conditions and G indicating the longest braking distance. External noise is measured in decibels under lab conditions. There is also a 3-bar rating indicating the tyres noise in context with other available tyres.

How Tyre Sizing Works

The important measurements of every tyre are written on its sidewall. However, they are written as a sequence of numbers that are easy to decode for tyre technicians and – thanks to our handy guide, ‘How to read your tyre size’ – for you, too. Here’s a breakdown of the information.

You’ll find the width of the tyre written (in mm) as the first three numbers, followed by the tyre profile in mm also. The next two numbers are the rim size in inches, followed by two numbers and a letter representing the load and speed rating.

For example:

245/40 R 18 92V
Width = 245mm
Profile = 40mm
Rim width = 18”
92V = Load and speed rating

Tyre Guide

When Your Tyres Need Replacing

Legally speaking, you should replace your tyres when the treads get below 1.6mm in the centre band of the tyre. The car will fail its MOT if any tyre on the car is found to be below this marker. Tyres also come with wear indicators inside the central grooves. These are the small raised parts that are 1.6mm proud of the tread grooves. Once the surface of the tyre is worn in line with these indicators, you know it’s past time to buy a new set of rubber for the car.

That’s where Universal Tyres can see you right. With garages throughout South East England, over 90 years of experience and Michelin Certified Centre accreditation, there’s no one better to assist with your tyre queries than us.

Our professional team can assess the status of your tyres to ensure they’re up to standard. Likewise, we offer a wide range of premier tyres, as well as reliable and comprehensive tyre fitting services for your complete peace of mind.

To find out more about how Universal Tyres can help you, don’t hesitate to contact one of our branches.