First Stop Tyre Advice

Understanding Tyre Size Diagram

1. How to read your tyre size

Tyre sizes explained and made easy with these tips from First Stop.

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2. Tyre labelling explained

All passenger tyres sold in the European Union must be labelled with an official EU tyre label. This label contains information about three important criteria that form the basis for evaluating tyre performance: wet grip, fuel efficiency and exterior noise.

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3. Check your tyre pressure

Maintaining correct inflation pressure is essential and avoids premature or uneven wear. As tyres naturally lose pressure over time, you need to refill them regularly. Driving on the correct tyre pressure will extend the life of your tyre, improve vehicle safety and maintain fuel efficiency.

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4. Check your tread depth

More tread means more grip. It’s as simple as that. Be aware that even though the legal limit is 1.6mm, anything under 3mm can seriously compromise performance and safety.

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5. Greener driving

The environment is a big issue in society today, so there’s never been a more important time to make a change. Bridgestone's 'Make Cars Green Campaign' helps reduce the impact of cars on the environment (and save you money)

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6. Looking after your tyres

Four strips of rubber are all that stand between you and potentially life threatening situations on the road. Worn or underinflated tyres increase your stopping distance and risk of skidding, and will result in higher fuel consumption and significantly reduced lifespan.

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7. Stopping distance

Your tyres are the only link between your vehicle and the road – a critical contact area no bigger than the palm of your hand. They provide the vital grip for braking and the control of your steering – essential to you stopping safely in an emergency. The distance it takes you to stop can be the difference between life and death.

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8. What tyres do

Your tyres are essential for safe driving; they are the only link between your vehicle and the road – a critical contact area no bigger than the palm of your hand.

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9. Winter driving

Our weather can be very unpredictable, and if the past few years are anything to go by Winters are getting worse. To prepare you for Winter driving, follow Bridgestone’s safety tips.

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10. Part worn tyres

In its latest campaign the RSA has highlighted the cost and potential danger of buying second hand (part-worn) tyres. Second-hand or part-worn tyres are tyres which have been used on another vehicle and such tyres can pose a serious road safety risk.

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11. Tyre safety

There is no component in your car that’s as likely to contribute to a crash as your tyres.

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12. Tyre maintenance

Tyres are essential part of your vehicle to ensure safety of the road when you are travelling. All tyres age and wear out,

Proper maintenance will help extend their life but ultimately the tyre life depends of the driving style and roads driven on.

We at First Stop recommend the following tips in order to carry out maintenance of your tyres on a monthly basis:

Check the 'Tread Depth's' of all tyres including the 'spare' tyre.

Check your 'Tyre Pressures' as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.

Check the tread for damage or wear as poor wheel alignment, prolonged under or over-inflation.

Check for uneven wear, tears, cracks of the tread or bulges to the sidewall.

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13. How to choose a tyre

The choice of the right tyre depends on the type of vehicle, driving style, place and weather.

The First Stop network provides all the details, but it is advisable to bear in mind the following recommendations before changing tyres:

Mileage, Road Surfaces, Driving Style, Vehicle, Weather Conditions of the country you are driving in.

Other areas to consider are:

Fuel Efficiency, Wet Grip, Tyre External Rolling Noise of the tyre.

All of the above are areas to consider when choosing the best tyre for your vehicle.

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