FIRSTSTOP TYRE ADVICE

How to read a tyre

1. How to read a tyre

Before changing tyres, it is always a good idea to know more about them. To do this, take a look at one of the sidewalls of the tyre. There are two codes which show the type of tyre the vehicle uses. If in doubt, we can always check the user manual to find out if they are compatible with our vehicle. Our... can also be a great help in choosing the right tyre.

Why are tyres important

2. Why are tyres important

Tyres are extremely important, since they are the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road. The contact surface between a tyre and the road is an area about the size of a postcard. So it is important it is always in perfect condition. You can find the assessment you need at any First Stop centre from the best specialists, in order to change the tyres. The tyres are the most important part of the vehicle when you are driving as they make the car ride comfortable and help when you need to brake.

When to change the tyres

3. When to change the tyres

Four small strips of rubber, each the size of a postcard, is all that lies between you and potentially life-threatening situations on the road. So it is important to take great care of the tyres. They must be correctly inflated and replaced when they are worn or damaged. There is a 'wear bar' on each of these four strips ofrubber around the tyre and when this strip appears level with the tread your tyres need replacing.

How to choose a tyre

4. 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:

Run Flat tyres

5. Run Flat tyres

Punctures often happen at the most unexpected times, and in the most awkward places, but with Run Flat tyres, you can get home safely, with no need to get out of the car on the hard shoulder, at risk to yourself.

Tyre pressure

6. Tyre pressure

The correct tyre pressure means that tyres wear properly, and help your driving experience to be more comfortable, clean and safe. Every year in Europe 55.6 million tyres are lost through being incorrectly inflated.

Tyres to suit the season

7. Tyres to suit the season

First Stop offers tyres for summer, winter and all weather conditions. It is important to remember that your tyres are the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road. This is why it is vital to bear in mind the seasonal and weather conditions, to take the right decision about what tyres to buy.

Punctures

8. Punctures

When a tyre is punctured, First Stop specialists are there to check the wheel and repair the tyres, if appropriate, in a professional, safe way.

Tyre maintenance

9. Tyre maintenance

Tyres are essential to ensure road safety. All tyres age and wear out, but proper use will extend their life. With correct maintenance and suitable driving style to match the conditions, they will carry you further and need changing less often.