Type of Tyres- a Woman’s Guide to help increase tyre knowledge for safer driving


A Women’s guide about tyres and helpful tips

Not all Type of Tyres are created equal. Yes they are all round- at least they should be if they are in good condition. But there are a variety of Type of Tyres for a variety of uses, situations and road

 Type of Tyres

This X section of a tyre helps people to understand how they are constructed(i think)

conditions. So before you buy just any tyre, buckle up and listen up and learn a little more  about tyres for your car and safety.

Summer  Tyres

These are the standard type of tyres that are supplied on most vehicles when we purchase them. They are all Type of Tyres that can handle well in both average wet and dry conditions. The water channels that you see in the tread area of the tyres allow for normal traction (meaning they grip the road in normal summer weather) during rainy weather they can cope with average type rain fall and the spray that is associated with this.They are the average Type of Tyres for normal weather conditions. This type of  tyres will be on the car when you buy a new one.

All Terrain and Off Road Type of Tyres

If you’re a woman who likes to use her vehicle for off road driving regularly, these would be the tyre for you. These are usually fitted onto mostly SUVs and light trucks, such as Land Rovers. About tyres explains the fact that sidewalls of these types of tyres are stronger than the summer tyres and feature large tread block patterns that deflects mud and slush from the contact patch and improve grip on loose sand or gravel when you go on your off road excursions. The best type of scenario for these type of tyres, would be one that the farmers wife may use.

 Type of Tyres

This is what can happen when you dont inflate your tyres at regular intervals. The tyre has deflated and the tyre is completely damaged.

Winter Tyres

If you are in an area with chilly climes with snow and ice and low temperatures, winter tyres would be your best friend. These will ensure more traction on snow and ice. The main difference between all season tyres and winter tyres is in the type of rubber that is used. Winter tyres would need to grip the ground more to keep the vehicle in control so the rubber that is used is mixed with silica. These type of tyres keep flexible at low temperatures enabling the tyre tread to grip in the cold conditions and are used during winter conditions. Type of Tyres

So when should I change my tyres?

There are several things to note that would indicate that it is time to replace your tyres. Here are the most easily observed ones:

  Tyre tread- The pattern that you see on your wheels is called the tread. Its primary function is to divert water from beneath the tyre to improve traction and maintain smooth handling. If your tyre tread has been worn down to 1.6mm or less, it can no longer perform this function effectively and this could cause the car to skid on wet surfaces and cause hydroplaning, where your  car loses and control and can cause a crash. For safety reasons, it is recommended that you change your tires at a tread depth of 3mm.

             Tread wear- Observe how the wear on your Type of Tyres look. The pattern of the tread wears can also indicate other problems which may have caused them such as under inflation, which can cause wear on the outer edges of the tread and leave the central tread area less worn.

While knowing when to replace a tyre is good stock knowledge to have at your disposal, the best authority to determine whether your tyres need replacing would be an expert tyre dealer. A dealer who would have the experience of the use of a variety of tyres across a variety of brands on a variety of car models. Point-S happens to be the leading independent tyre dealing network. They can assess your requirements and give you product neutral advice in order to arrive at a careful and sound decision for your tyre choice. With over 160 independently owned centres in the UK, finding a Point-S centre near you should be a piece of cake.  

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

  

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

Reading Your Tyre Sizes-How to Read a Tyre Size & Understanding a Tyre Sidewall –

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

This video is brought to you by Toyo Tyres. Of course I fell out with Toyo a couple of years ago. However, I still sell Toyo tyres through a third party tyre broker. Of course, whatever business you are in you “never cut your nose to spite your face”. Understanding the letters and numbers on your tyre sidewall can be a bit confusing. Tak. one of Toyo Tyres technicians,gives you an insight. Thus about how to read a tyre size.As a result, Taks simple explanation addresses all the different specifications. hence, that are written on your vehicles tyre. Of course, the sidewall also contains a couple of key features:

  • Tak looks at Tyre Size 255/35/R18 109V
  • The “255” in the first part of the tyre size represents the section width of the tyre.
  • The “35” represents the tyres aspect ratio or height.
  • The “R” stand for Radial in tyre construction
  • The “18” stands for the wheel diameter in inches.
  • The “109” is the load index and represents the tyres maximum load capacity at maximum inflation pressure.
  • The “V” represents the speed rating which is the max allotted speed of a tyre.

For those looking to get some advance knowledge about all the information a tyre can present there is the DOT tire identification number (TIN).

An example of a TIN would be DOT CX91 XX31309

  • The “CX” represents the factory code or where the tyre was manufactured.
  • The “91” represents the size code.
  • The “XX3” represents the options code. The last four digits on the TIN represent the week and year when the tyre was made.

So for instance “1309” means the 13th week in the year 2009.

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

Another piece of information. Naturally, contained on a tyre sidewall is the maximum load capacity. The max load displays a weight at a certain PSI. But this is not the recommended tyre pressure that you should inflate your tires to. Instead follow the manufacturer recommended tire pressure setting as seen on the inside of a car’s door jam.

Hopefully this video can give you some insight on how to read a car tyre.

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Tyre Safety Don't Compromise

Tyre Safety Don’t Compromise-Don’t Chance It, Check It at regular intervals Safety is Paramount.

Tyre Safety Don’t Compromise

Tyre Safety Don’t Compromise

In my opinion Tyresafe.org, have been one of the most influential road safety groups in the UK. Hence, the not for profit group are constantly informing the public about tyre related safety issues. Of course, the organisation also campaign against the sale of illegal part-worn tyres. part-worn tyres are also my particular bug-bare.

The people that sell these tyres, must know that the tyres they sell are illegal. Of course, we all know the people that are doing this. naturally we will be called racists if we say anything about it. At the moment the law does not want to know. We have all seen the piles of scrap tyres pilled up outside their premises. I can remember not too long ago. When many long standing legitimate tyre retailers were heavily find for not keeping their waste tyre out of the eyes of the public.

In fact we had to buy a container to store away our waste tyres in. Therefore, before they were collected by legally licence scrap tyre companies. All this has gone to pot? I am also disgusted at the amount of taxis and private hire vehicles that i see having these illegal tyres fitted. What will it take for the law to intervene?

Tyre Safety Don’t Compromise

We in the tyre retail trade have seen this illegal tyre selling before. In fact, new tyre laws were passed in the 1990’s. These laws were introduced to make part worn tyres safer. These back street part worn are not selling tyres under this law and they should be closed down by the authorities. Tyresafe are trying to combat this by using awareness and warning the public about the problem. The law is very clear http://www.partworn-tyres.co.uk/?qards_page=the-law

Eric Roberts

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October is Tyre Safety Month. New research by Tyresafe reveals that one in four motorists are replacing their tyres after they have reached the legal minimum standards. Don’t chance it, check your tyre tread, pressure and general condition every month to stay safe on the road and avoid fines and penalty points on your licence.

Tyre braking-Wet Roads

Tyre braking-Wet Roads-Another Important Safety Video from TyreSafe.org

Tyre braking-Wet Roads

Tyre braking-Wet Roads

This is another great video from Tyresafe.org. Naturally, in my opinion, Tyresafe are the number one tyre safety organisation here in the UK. Tyre testing is the only way that we can show the public about tyre safety. Especially, on wet roads with tyres that are almost bald. Tyres are track tested time and time again. Fortunately, it does sink in, with some drivers.

The results of this tyre testing is overwhelming. We see this time after time. Of course, it all depends on whether drivers actually look at these videos, or not. I suspect, though, that many drivers will indeed take a look at these type of videos. One of the big problems that have raised its ugly head in recent times, is the rise again of the part-worn tyres. This problem has arisen by the need to save money.The people that  buy these products are on the younger spectrum of our drivers.

I can understand, that young people with a tight budget, think that they are saving money.We had a young driver in the other Saturday. She had been buying part worn tyres for £20 each. Naturally, she thought she was saving money. The tyres were only lasting her a couple of weeks. For this reason, she decided to invest in new tyres. She finally realised that it was false economy and just a short-term fix to buy part worn tyres.

Tyresafe did do an article about this. You can see this on  http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/part-worn-tyres/

The film dramatically depicts the difference in braking distances between a car equipped with new tyres and another with tread depth below the legal limit of 1.6mm in wet conditions. While watching on their Smartphone, viewers can turn their heads to see all the action in front, to the side, above or even behind them, giving an immersive – and literally impactful – experience.
The TyreSafe 360 app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or via Google Play.

Tyre Care for Women-(This includes Everyone really)

Tyre Care for Women-Don’t think that because you are a woman you are exempt from checking the tyres on your car and making sure it is running well.

While many notice odd sounds as they drive or shaky handling during a trip, tyres tend to get overlooked until you hit a pothole and wind up with a flat. What you don’t realize is that tyres are important in keeping the car in control during a ride. They grip the road and keep your automobile firmly on course. But tyres need care just like any piece of equipment and it really won’t take too much of your time to keep them working well.( We promise).

Point-S logo on Pellon Tyres depot in Halifax Uk

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Inflation

Make sure your tyres are properly inflated. Not only will this ensure they will be performing the way they should, but it will also increase your fuel mileage, which translates to fuel savings. And we just love the word savings, don’t we ladies? To check the Air Pressure on your own, use a pressure gauge which can easily be purchased at just about any car equipment store. Make sure to check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold or wait until 3 hours after you’ve driven to check it. Insert the pressure gauge into valve stem of your tyre. The gauge will pop out and indicate a number which will refer to the tyre pressure. To figure out the recommended  pressure for your tyre, look at the sticker found on the driver’s door of your vehicle or in your owner’s manual.

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Rotation

We’re all for extending the life of a tyre if that means we can defer the expense further into the future. Tyre rotation is one of the recommended ways with which you can get the most out of Tyre Care for Women.  When the tyres are rotated and moved to a different position on your car, this allows them to wear evenly and equally. The recommended  rotation is every 6 months.

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Balance

Now it sounds odd, but wheel Dynamic Balancing is exactly that- after your wheel is mounted, it is checked for areas that are heavier or lighter. Weights are then added to the interior or

Tyre Care for Women

Correct wheel balancing is also important

exterior of the wheel to balance it out. Why do the wheels even need to be balanced, you ask? An off balance wheel can result in wobbly handling of the car or bouncing. This results in uneven tread wear, increased vibration and unnecessary stress on your vehicle. Tyres should be balanced when your purchase new ones, when you have a tyre replaced, or when a

Correct tyre pressures are very important Tyre Care for Women

weight is dislodged or removed.

Tyre Alignment 

As technical as it may sound, this is simply adjusting the angle of the wheels in order for the wheels to work as they are intended. Proper wheel alignment will allow for the correct tread wear and will allow the car to travel straight without pulling to one side. While newly purchased cars have their tyres aligned going out of the factory, you should have your tyres aligned if you have hit something substantial like a large pothole or an embankment, if you notice a difference in the handling of your car from before, and if you notice a wear pattern developing on the outer edges of the tread area.

Now that you know what to do to keep your tyres working well, do remember that except for checking your pressure, the other items need to be handled by professionals and experts when it comes to all things that have to do with tyres. Just like you know how to keep your teeth healthy, you’re not going to try and fill a cavity on your own, are you? You would want a professional who knows what he is doing to take charge. The same should be said of your tyres. After all, the tyres are what keep your car gripped to the road. You want them to be handled by someone who knows a thing or two about Tyre Care for Women.

Tyre Care for Women

So where do i start ?

Luckily Point-S has over 160 centres across the UK for your tyre check up. And because they know everything and anything that has to do with tyres, you know your tyres are in good hands.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.