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A typical tyre size found on the side wall could read :-
in which case the above numbers and letters refer to the following :-
185 - the section width of the tyre (shown in mm)
H - the speed rating, or maximum speed of the tyre
All tyres will have their sizing illustrated in this same fashion, so when phoning for quotes, all of this information will be required in order to receive an accurate estimate for replacement cost.
Tread depth and the legal requirements
The legal minimum tread depth for car and similar tyres in the United Kingdom is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three quarters of the breadth of the tread and round the entire circumference of the tyre. If you are ever worried that the tread depth of any of your tyres does not fulfil the legal criteria, then pop in for a free, no obligation tyre check. We could save you the inconvenience of a police officer doing a free check for you!
Tyre condition (especially side wall)
The condition of both the tread area and the side wall of your tyres are critical for road safety. Age can affect the condition of your tyres, as can incorrect tyre pressures (see below). You should check the condition and pressure of your tyres on a regular basis, as this may prevent unnecessary future problems and prolong the life of your tyres.
Correct tyre pressures are critical for optimum braking performance, maximum grip and in prolonging the life of your tyres. Check your vehicle handbook or contact us to find out the correct tyre pressures for your car.
Incorrect tyre pressures will cause shorter tyre life through more
rapid wear. Low tyre pressures will be detrimental to fuel consumption,
and could wear your tyres unevenly. High tyre pressures reduce the contact
patch with the road, and therefore sacrifice road grip.