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Buying tyres

Key requirements

There are a number of considerations when buying tyres but lets start with some of the key points.

The first is what size is my tyre? This can be found on the tyre's sidewall information and will look something like 205/55R16.

The next important consideration is the tyre's service description. This consists of  two important pieces of information which indicates the tyre's maximum load and speed capability. This can be  found on the tyre's sidewall usually directly after the size information, and consist of a number and letter. To determine the  actual load and speed capability figures then refer to industry tables. 

There is also other information on the sidewall of the tyre such as the tyre manufacturer, pattern type and tread wear indicators.

Now we know the size and service description we now need to look at other considerations. 

Tyre sidewall information


What does the information on the tyre sidewall mean?

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Vehicle type & Application

Vehicle types

What type of vehicle do I drive?

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General Legal Requirements & Fitting of Used Tyres

Remaining tread depth

What are general legal requirements and what do you need to know about used tyres?

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Tyre Label ratings

EU tyre label

The EU Tyre Label offers exact information about safety, fuel efficiency and noise of a tyre. 

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Summer - Winter - All Season tyres

All season

When do you need summer tyres, winter tyres or all season tyres?

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Other considerations

Tyre valve

What do you need to know about up-sizing, valves and balancing tyres?

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