TYRE ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS

What tyre to choose

1. What Size tyres are on my car?

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.

Not sure visit your nearest FIRST STOP Partner for a "FREE" check of your tyres as well as independent advice on what tyre is best for your vehicle.

Why are tyres important

2. Why are tyres important?

Tyres are extremely important, since they are the only point of contact between your 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 give you good grip and help you when you need to brake.

Tyre Tread

3. When to change the tyres

Four small strips of rubber across the tyre tread, each the size of a postcard is your tyres contact patch on the road and is all that lies between you and potentially life-threatening situations on the road. As a consequence it is very important to take very good care of your tyres. They must be correctly inflated and replaced when they are worn or damaged. There are 'tread wear indicators' on each of these four strips of rubber 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:

Tyre Labelling of tyres which inform you of the

Fuel Efficiency

Wet Grip

External noise   

Not sure visit your nearest FIRST STOP partner for good tyre advice and getting the right tyre fitted to your car  

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, improve the life of the tyre, help with your vehicles fuel consumption and help your driving experience to be more comfortable, clean and safe. 

We recommend that you check your pressures on a monthly basis to the pressures recommended by your car manufacturer.

If unsure pop into your nearest FIRST STOP Partner and they will carry out a "FREE" pressure check of your tyres

Tyres to suit the season

7. Tyres to suit the season

At all First Stop's we offer tyres to suit the season during the year with:

Summer Tyres - recommended for your car for driving from March to October 

Winter Tyres - recommended for your car during the months of November to February

All weather Tyres - recommended for all year and can operate in 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.

All of the above are available from your nearest First Stop partner

Punctures

8. Punctures

A tyre puncture, better known as a flat tyre, is a condition in when a tyre deflates causing the wheel's rim to ride on the ground or on the tread of the tyre.

Main causes of a puncture are:

A sharp object penetrating the tyre.

Failure of a tyre's valve stern.

Breakage of the link between a tyre and rim owing to a collision with an external object.

Excessively worn out tread that could result in an explosive tyre failure or debris from the road tearing through the tyre.

We at First Stop are fully trained specialists to repair tyre punctures.

Tyre maintenance

9. 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.

If unsure please call at your nearest First Stop Dealer for a "FREE" tyre inspection and advice  

 

Part worn tyres

10. Part worn tyres

Part worn tyres are not cost effective plus there are also potential dangers when 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. 

Second hand tyres – are they as cheap as you think?

Are you getting real value for money?

Have they undergone a ‘condition check’?

Free from defects both internally and externally?

How old is the tyre?

Most manufacturers recommend not fitting a tyre more than 5 years old 

Always consult your nearest First Stop Dealer to get a "FREE" tyre health check and advice of which tyre is best for your car and driving requirements.