In Association with Michelin
Top Tyre Tips
There’s no substitute for experience, and with well over a century of tyre production under its belt, Michelin is one of the world’s most experienced tyre manufacturers. It’s also one of the largest; it’s been in the UK for 107 years, where it has three factories and employs almost 3000 people. So as you’d expect, Michelin knows a thing or two about tyre safety, which is why it has teamed up with New Driver NI magazine to guide you through the maze of keeping your rubber in good nick.
The problem with tyres is that they’re not a very sexy subject. They sit there on your car, looking all black and round, and costing you money when they wear out. But they’re the only thing keeping your car in contact with the road, and with a contact patch about the size of the palm of your hand, it’s essential that your car’s tyres are in good condition.
There’s a lot more to tyres than you think, with all sorts of things to keep on top of, and a stack of variables to take into account when fitting new ones. Any decent tyre specialist can advise you on how to get the most miles out of your rubber, but to give you a head start, these are the essentials. For much more help and advice though, log on to michelin.co.uk
Your tyres must be of the correct size, load index and speed rating. Confused already? Then ask a tyre fitter or go to michelin.co.uk and check out the buying guide.
Check your tyres regularly, or you run the risk of experiencing a rapid deflation. Look out for nails or screws in the tread, and don’t ignore stones as they can work their way into the rubber and eventually cause damage. Also look for any other damage such as cuts and bulges or cracks in the rubber which could start to appear as the tyre ages. A tyre that shows any signs of damage or ageing should be inspected by a tyre expert who can decide whether or not it should still be used.
DID YOU KNOW?
The contact patch between your car’s tyre and the road is about the size of the palm of your hand.