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It's impossible to over-state the importance of making sure you keep your vehicle's tyres in good condition, but it's just as important to make sure you have the correct ones fitted in the first place. Years of experience tell us that many motorists are more than happy to leave these matters to professional mechanics, but the more you know about your own car's maintenance, the better equipped to make your own decisions.
Tyre classification looks baffling to the untrained eye. The string of letters and numbers running around the wall of the tyre looks meaningless, so let's decode it. If we look as an example at tyres with the classification 205 50 r17 we can break this down into four parts. 205 is the width of the tyre in millimetres. 50 gives as a percentage what is known as the aspect ratio, which means the distance across the sidewall from the trim to the start of the tread. Tyres are constructed in radial, crossply or diagonal forms, and here the R denotes radial, with the number 17 telling you that the tyre is made to fit wheels with a diameter of 17 inches.
There is enormous variation. The same size wheel may accommodate tyres of many different widths and aspect ratios. That's why you need to consider the kind of performance you're looking for as well as the type of roads you'll be using and even your driving style.
In our experience 205 50 r17 tyres are very popular with drivers of compact and medium-sized cars. At 17 inches this is a fairly generous rim size which tends to give a sporty look and makes an eye-catching impression. Aesthetics aside, what about performance and safety? We carry a full range of tyres to suit every budget and our tyre professionals can advise you on the best choice for your car.
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