At Turbo-Jection (Shoe) Garage
With access to nationwide stocks, we’ll find the right tyres for you. Whether you’re local for the most cost-effective option or the best performance, we’d be pleased to guide you through the process.
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Help & Information
TYRE CARE & SAFETY
The legal limit for the tread depths of a car tyre is 1.6mm, within the centre ¾’s of the tyre’s tread.
It is however worth bearing in mind that tyres start to lose their water clearing efficiency when the tread is 3mm or below. This is typically when it would be advised on an MOT test.
The pressures, specified by the manufacturer, are set according to the weight of the vehicle and the suspension set up.
Correct tyre pressure ensures the maximum area of contact of the tyre is maintained with the road, it does not adversely wear the tyre and ensures the maximum performance of the tyre, both from a safety point of view, driving feeling and response.
If a tyre is underinflated, it will wear the outer tread prematurely. If a tyre is overinflated, it will wear more quickly in the centre of the tread, because the increased pressure pushes the centre out, whilst the outer tread stays relatively in.
REMEMBER: Correctly inflated tyres are essential for: Safety, Performance, Tyre longevity, Driving confidence, Feel & Response – Also ensuring the maximum fuel economy from your vehicle.
TYRE WALL MARKINGS
Width: The first number is the width of the tyre expressed in millimetres, from one sidewall to the other. E.g. ‘205’mm
Profile: Expressed as a percentage of the tyre’s width, the second number in the size is the profile (height of the tyre). E.g. ‘55’%
Construction: “R” is for Radial construction; this is used on most motor vehicles. Other examples are “B” for Bias-ply or “D” for Diagonal construction.
Wheel Size: Expressed in inches, the diameter of the wheel. E.g. ‘16’ inches
Load Index: This is a code indicating the maximum capacity a tyre can support. E.g. ‘91’ is equivalent to 615kg load.
Speed Rating: Graded alphabetically, each letter denotes the maximum speed a tyre can sustain under the recommended load capacity. E.g. ‘Y’ is equivalent to a maximum speed of 186 mph.
Other Information: Certain tyres come with a particular specification such as Run-Flat tyres, Mud & Snow tyre and Brand specific fitments. E.g. ‘M+S’ for Mud & Snow or ‘MOE’ for Mercedes fitment.
DOT Code: Compliant with Department for Transport vehicle safety standards – DOT week of manufacture/year of manufacture. E.g. DOT 12/22 (made the 12th week in 2022)
Updated in 2021, the EU tyre labelling system is designed to help consumers make more informed choices about their tyres.
The tyre label is split into multiple categories: Wet Braking Distance, Fuel Efficiency and Noise Rating which are graded alphabetically. Plus, a Snow & Ice grip approval for tyres meeting the minimum requirement in sub-zero temperatures.
Watch the short video where this is explained.