Here’s what you need to know about tyres, both in written form and a useful infographic.
Size & Speed
Tyres are marked with a series of letters and numbers. This code details the specification of your tyres, such as the size, maximum load and maximum speed.
In 2018, new EU labelling came into effect in order to inform users how tyres perform in three key areas:
- How efficiently they use fuel
- Their braking performance on wet roads
- External rolling noise
As a general rule, a new tyre should have around 8mm of tread, which should last around 20,000 miles.
The legal minimum limit is 1.6mm, which also happens to be the depth of the ridge on a 20p coin. If you are below this minimum, you could end up being fined and having points added to your license.
In order to prolong the life of your tyres, always check that they are properly inflated to the optimimum levels. Your driving style also has an effect on how quickly your tyres break down. Avoid wheelspin, hard braking and taking corners at speed if you want your tyres to last.
Lastly, you should also avoid potholes whenever possible and regularly check your tyres for signs of external damage.