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Top car tyre brands
Understanding tyre markings
What do I need to know about UK tyre law?
Part-worn tyres?
How to check your tyre tread wear levels

Top car tyre brands

Michelin tyres : Michelin is one of the world's best-known tyre makers. It also owns BF Goodrich, Kleber and Riken.

Goodyear Dunlop tyres : Goodyear Dunlop also owns German manufacturer Fulda, and the Sava and Debica budget brands.

Pirelli tyres : Italian manufacturer Pirelli makes a range of rubber for all automotive purposes

Bridgestone tyres : Bridgestone is one of the top three tyre makers in the world by volume. It also owns the Firestone brand.

Continental tyres : Continental is well known across Europe. This German giant also makes tyres sold under brand-names including Barum, Mabor, Semperit and Uniroyal.

By turnover, Michelin is way ahead of nearest rival, Goodyear Dunlop. Next in the list is Pirelli, followed by Bridgestone and Continental at the end.

Understanding tyre markings

The markings on the side-walls of the car tyres will help us choose the correct tyre replacement.We the numbers, letters on the side-wall that relate to the tyre size, composition and capabilities.

What does the writing on my tyres mean? : using a 165/65R14 79T tyre as an example:

  • 165 : Tyre width in mm (millimetres)
  • 65 : Expressed as a percentage of its width, is the height of tyre side
  • R : Radial construction
  • 14 : 14 inches This is the diameter of the tyre's inner rim in inches
  • 79 : Load capacity of tyre.
  • T : Speed rating, which must match or exceed the maximum speed of your car
When replacing your car with a new set of tyres, one should stick to the same specfications as those already fitted( what is used for old tyre). Using different tyres can seriously affect handling.

What do I need to know about UK tyre law?

UK law requires that your vehicle is fitted with the correct type and size of tyre for the vehicle type you are driving and for the purpose it is being used. This means fitting the right tyres and for safety ensuring that they are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure. The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 mm(millimetres) across the central 3/4 of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3 mm(millimetres). To see the impact on braking distance of different tyre tread depths, click here. At 1.6 mm(millimetres) in wet weather it takes an extra two car lengths (8m) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 mm(millimetres). A regular check of your tyres can help you to avoid 3 penalty points and £2,500.00 in fines for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit on your vehicle.

It is also a legal requirement to ensure that tyres of different construction types are not fitted to opposite sides of the same axle. The two main tyre types are radial and cross-ply, and these must not be mixed on the same axle. Mixing brands and patterns of the same construction type is permissible depending on the vehicle type and manufacturers recommendation. Check your vehicle's handbook for tyre fitment details and options or ask your Local Bogonor tyre fitter to look.

Part-worn tyres?

Part-worn tyre, the tread will not be as deep as on a new tyre, meaning less grip in wet conditions. The legal limit is in fact very low, and should be seen as an absolute minimum rather than the point at which a tyre should be changed.

Some outlets sell part-worn tyres that do not meet these standards, which means they might have suffered internal damage and could be dangerous.

Because it's the only part of the vehicle that grips the road, the depth of tread on your tyres is a very important for the safety of your vehicle. It also signals the health of the tyre. Driving with low tread depth increases the risk for tyre failure . Low tread depth in winter weather conditions can severely reduce grip and control. Motorists driving with tyres under the legal limit of 1.6 mm(millimetres) also risk a fine of £2,500.00.

However you check your tyre tread depths, if they are approaching the legal limit or if you have any doubts, get them checked professionally by a tyre specialist.

All-season tyres test 2015: top all-weather tyres tested click to read more, 17 Sept 2015

Part-worn tyre warning
Buying part-worn tyres might look like a cheaper option, but the stats suggest it's a false economy click to read more, 14 Mar 2014

Turning car tyres into shoes at Ethiopian factory click to read more,May 2013

Used tyre scandal click to read more, 1 May, 2012