Check your tyres and vehicle regularly
This means having your tyres balanced and the axle geometry checked. Regularly getting your tyres balanced – for example when changing from standard to cold weather tyres – ensures vibration free driving. Not only will the vehicle drive more smoothly, it reduces the wear on your tyres and on other parts of the vehicle suspension. Another positive aspect: you are increasing the safety for yourself, your passengers and other road users.
Sooner or later, you will have to replace your tyres
The point at which a tyre is replaced is a decision for which the owner of the vehicle is responsible. They should consider factors including service conditions, maintenance history, storage conditions, visual inspections and dynamic performance. If you have any questions about the state of your tyres please talk to us.
Tyres should be removed from service for any number of reasons, including tread worn down to minimum depth, damage or abuse (punctures, cuts, impacts, cracks, bulges, under-inflation, overloading, etc.). For these reasons tyres, including spares, must be inspected routinely, i.e. at least every two weeks. Regular inspection becomes particularly important the longer a tyre is kept in service.
Drivers are strongly encouraged to be aware of their tyres‘ visual condition. Also, they should be alert for any change in dynamic performance such as increased air loss, noise or vibration. Such changes could be an indicator that one or more of the tyres should be immediately removed from service to prevent a tyre failure.
We recommend fitting the same type of tyres (brand and tread pattern family) on all four wheels as this makes for superior handling and braking performance in all driving conditions. Tyre types should at best match on each axle. Make sure all your tyres are from the same manufacturer and are from the same tread pattern family.
Never have a tyre fitted if you do not know its origin
There is a potentially serious risk associated with the purchase of used tyres, especially those with an uncertain or unknown history. This applies to used tyres purchased as replacement tyres or as already equipped on a used vehicle. Used tyres may have been exposed to improper service, maintenance or storage conditions and may have damage that could eventually lead to a tyre failure.
Not all tyre damage or conditions that can lead to a tyre failure are outwardly visible. For instance, improper repairs or damage to a tyre’s inner liner can only be observed through an inspection of the inside of the tyre, demounted from the wheel. Do not purchase, sell, or fit used tyres if you are not sure of their history.
So, ‘if the thermometer is at 7°C at best – it’s time to give your standard tyres a rest.’ The roads will normally be wet and slippery and cold weather tyres offer much better grip under these conditions than standard tyres.
Excellent grip, whatever the weather
Adapting your driving behaviour to wintry conditions helps, although cold weather tyres offer extra protection against unpleasant surprises during the cold season. Compared to standard tyres they offer increased safety – especially when braking – on cold wet roads as well as in snowy and icy conditions.
The stopping distance data and comparison between standard and cold weather tyres above were obtained using standard vehicles. Graphics are for illustrative purposes only. The stopping distance of any individual vehicle depends on the vehicle type, the brakes, the tyres, the load, the temperature and the road surface.
Run Flat Tyres - Staying mobile even if the tyre has punctured
Unlike conventional tyres, self-supporting runflat tyres* have reinforced sidewalls that can support the car even when all pressure is lost, preventing the tyre walls from becoming squashed between the wheel and the road. In the event of a puncture, runflat tyres allow drivers to continue their journey, providing the vehicle is driven appropriately and at a reduced speed.
Benefits of Runflat tyres:
- No need to immediately change a deflated tyre
- Lets you drive for up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph after pressure loss
- Compatible with standard wheels
- No need for spare wheel or jack
The properties of runflat tyres are so effective that you may not notice your tyres are deflated. Runflat tyres must be used only in conjunction with a fully functioning tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and should only be fitted to vehicles for which they are approved by the car manufacturer.
*Labelled SSR (Continental), DSST (Dunlop), Euphoria (Pirreli), ZP (Michelin) or EMT (Good Year).