Choosing new tyres

Choosing new tyres

In order to drive safely, it is important that tyres are kept in good condition, inflated to the right air pressure and appropriate for the road conditions. Worn tyres can reduce a car’s fuel economy, lead to an increased likelihood of punctures and in some cases lead to a lack of traction when cornering and braking.

It is important to understand when to replace your car’s tyres as well as understanding the different available options. At Adderley Green Garage in Stoke-on-Trent, we can help you find the right tyres for your car at a budget that works for you.

Read more below to see some points to consider in choosing your next set of tyres.

How to know when your tyres need replacing

There are a number of indicators that your car’s tyres will need replacing. The most obvious indicator is that the tread depth is too low. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. This can be measured by using a 20p piece and placing it within the tread. If the outer edge of the coin is covered then the tread depth is above the legal limit. It is worth keeping in mind that although 1.6mm is the legal limit many experts recommend 3mm of tread depth to be at a safe level.

Other indicators include cracks in the tyre wall, slow punctures, irregular tread wear and a noticeable difference when driving. Tyres should be replaced roughly every 5 years although you may need to replace them more often if you drive more frequently or drive over rough road surfaces. Tyres should be regularly checked and if any of these warning signs are present then they should be replaced. Although your tyres will be checked during your MOT, tyres should be checked a couple of times each month.

Selecting the right tyres

When choosing new tyres it is first important to check the measurements of the section width, rim diameter, wall thickness and tyre type. Measurements such as load rating and speed rating are also important when selecting tyres.

The most obvious benefit of premium tyres is that they will last longer and would be a better option if you drive a lot and value durability. There are also specialist and seasonal tyres which are suited to heavy loads or different road conditions. Tyres should be purchased in pairs as having different tyres on the same axle can lead to an imbalance when driving.

How to maximise the life of new tyres

The lifespan of tyres can be increased dramatically through more careful driving. Tyres can also last longer if they are kept at a pressure of between 30 and 35 psi. This pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold as temperature increases from rolling can affect the reading. These measures will also have a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Contact us

To discuss the best option for your next tyre purchase, or to discuss auto repair services, call Adderley Green Garage on 01782 312 510 or email us at