Tyre Care - The Right Tyres for Your Vehicle?

By David Sholicar

Many drivers aren't aware of when the optimum time to replace their tyres is, you may notice a deterioration of performance as your tyres wear but how do you know when you should actually replace a tyre?

Even fewer are aware that through some simple checks and regular maintenance you can significantly improve the performance and longevity of your tyres, giving you the very best value for your money. However, every motorist is fully aware of just how expensive owning and driving a car is. With this in mind, the tyre experts at Michelin have created some simple guides to make sure you get the very best performance and life from your tyres.

Tyres longevity increased with regular checks

Standard car and van tyres are designed to be sufficiently filled with air. If they are not used at the correct pressure, the risk of damage to the tyre is increased, which could also reduce the performance and overall life of the tyre.

Make sure you check your tyre pressures monthly and especially before you embark on a long trip. It is also important to check your tyre's tread depths and keep an eye out for any signs of irregular wear of the tyre tread or any damage to the sidewall. If you are in any doubt, why not take advantage of a Free Tyre Check at Protyre where one of our expert technicians can advise you on whether your tyres are fit for the road. Simply click the button below to book your vehicle in at your local Protyre garage.

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Reasons to change my tyres - The Wrong Tyres

For best all-around performance, the same type of tyre should be used in all four wheel positions. Tyres of different sizes, constructions, and stages of wear may affect vehicle handling and stability.

In addition, there may be specific recommendations by vehicle or tyre manufacturers which may apply to your vehicle. These should be followed, please check your vehicle handbook for details.

Never mix radial and non-radial tyres

Very simply, the experts at Micheline recomend that you do not mix radial and non-radial (i.e. cross-ply or bias-belted) tyres on a vehicle.

If mixing tyres is unavoidable, never mix radial and non-radial tyres on the same axle. If two radial and two non-radial tyres are installed on a vehicle, it is widely accepted that the two radials must be installed on the rear axle and the two non-radials on the front axle.

There are many ways to find the proper tyres for your vehicle. If you're not sure what tyres are best suited to your vehicle, use our tyre selector.

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By David Sholicar
David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry.
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