Tyre Knowledge a quick lesson about tyre terms

Tyre Knowledge a quick lesson about tyre terms

I have been writing my tyre articles now for about five years. In that time I have used many different terms. Therefore, we use these terms as every day part of our tyre language. It has never entered my head, that my readers may not know what these terms actually mean or stand for.

Tyre Knowledge is what every diver should be familiar with. However, i do think that as long as the car owner knows about the basics, such as the correct tyre pressures and checking them at least every two weeks, should be enough. However I will explain what some of the terms are that I use in my articles. This is tyre knowledge in simple terms.

A typical tyre size would be 205/55R16 followed by 91V

  1. The 205 is the width of the tyre in millimetres. A tyre marked 205 will measure 205mm across the tread from sidewall to sidewall.
  2. Aspect ratio is the 55 part of the tyre size and is the ratio of a tyre’s section height (H) to its section width (W). Because, this aspect ratio of 55 means that the profile height of the tyre is 55% of its width.
  3. The R stands for radial
  4. Then the 16 is the tyre rim size that the tyre will fit. So in this case the tyre marked 16 will fit on a 16-inch wheel rim. This is measured in inches.
  5. The 91 part of the number following the tyre size, which is the load index is the maximum load-carrying capacity of a tyre under a specific condition.
  6. The V is the speed capabilities of the tyre, this can be found on a tyre manufacturer’s chart; the V means that this tyre can safely do 149kh.

Other tyre knowledge things you may read about

  1. Triangle marks “▲” on the sidewall show the tread groove position of the “tread wear indicators”, the “tread wear indicators” represent 1.6mm. This is the
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    Winter tyre snow flake tyre marking found on the tyre sidewall

    legal limit that your tyres must not drop below; if it is down to this mark then you should change your tyre.

  2. Wheel balancing, is a procedure that we carry out to ensure that you wheel is not out of balance and your steering wheel does not shake when driving. Out of balance can be caused by a number of things.
  3. Reinforced tyre is one with a strengthened sidewall and is used on heavier vehicles and vans. The tyre is marked with a “RF” on the sidewall. Car tyres can be marked with an “XL” which means “extra load”.
  4. Wheel alignment, is when we check and adjust the vehicles steering geometry.
  5. Tyre rotation is when we change the tyres from corner to corner to even out the wear.

Finally, I hope that I have covered everything, if I come across any that I have missed in the future then I will update this article’

Eric Roberts.

Other reading…http://www.pirelli.com/tyres/en-gb/car/find-your-tyres/all-about-tyres/tyre-markings

Mobility Scooter Tyres-The Importance of Staying Safe by Maintaining Vehicle/Scooter Tyres

Mobility Scooter Tyres

Mobility Scooter Tyres

Mobility Scooter Tyres

In order to be safe when on the roads. So, it is important that all motorists carefully look after their vehicle. Ensuring that it is always road safe. There are many different ways to do this. Of course, one of the most important is to always check and be extra careful. Especially, with the external parts of an automobile. Thus, taking steps to regularly maintain the vehicle.

Tyre Health

This includes the tyres. Which are very important to the vehicles condition. Much like a bad pair of shoes can cause all kinds of health problems (and not just to your feet). So a bad pair of tyres can be very dangerous for any motorist .Leading to a host of issues with the vehicle. Whilst it is important for everyone to carefully look after their vehicle and tyres. Of course, this is especially true for those with a disability. Relying heavily on the vehicle to get around each day.

Disabled Motorists

Powered scooters, adapted cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles provide freedom and independence. Especially, to those with a disability.Helping them to shop, socialise, run errands and hold down a job. Therefore, their vehicle is an important asset that needs to be properly maintained. So that it will not let them down. Places like Mobility Solutions sell a range of products and vehicles for disabled people. But you should always fully research the product. Including, what tyres it uses. With this information, you can find out how to maintain the vehicle and prolong the tyre life.

Road Scooters

As an example. You can purchase a road scooter from Mobility Solutions which is road legal and can (usually) travel up to 8 mph. They are perfect for those that struggle to walk long distances and can be used both on the pavement and road, helping users to get to where they need to go.

The majority of scooters use pneumatic Mobility Scooter Tyres (inflated with air), so the user should regularly check the tyre pressure and keep it at the recommended pressure by the manufacturer. The tyres can also be maintained by storing the scooter in a dry, ventilated and moderate temperature, by avoiding driving over dangerous terrain, regular cleaning and by checking the tread on a regular basis. You should also have the scooter serviced annually.

This should prolong the life of tyres on a scooter and, in turn, ensure that the scooter will not let you down when you need it the most. Tyre care will be different for different types of vehicle, which is why it is important to understand exactly what tyres are used and how you can maintain them. This will also make the vehicle safer to drive and is just one important part of vehicle maintenance that should be carefully followed.