A Tyre Buying Guide for Scotland and the rest of the UK

**This is a collaborative post

Driving anywhere in UK is tricky but this holds true especially for Scotland as there are more rural areas. Imagine being stuck with a busted tyre while driving anywhere or even outside of Scotland and then waiting for help.

But no matter which part of UK you belong to, if you neglect your tyres, this can happen while you are out on the road. You might not think of it this way, but the tyres of your car are one of the most important safety systems you have to keep yourself, your passengers and other road users secure when you are out and about. It is your tyres, after all, that allow you to maintain grip on the road as well as providing a cushion if you run into any obstacles, such as potholes or debris. Your car’s seat belts and air cushions are important safety features that you would not consider failing to maintain or from replacing when they need to be, so why are so many motorists not of the same mindset when it comes to tyres? Read on to discover the information you need to know about choosing the right tyres whether in Scotland or even anywhere else in UK –  for your car and keeping your family safe.

Always Buy Compatible Tyres

In Scotland, in common with the rest of the UK, car tyres are only legal when they are fitted to your car if they are compatible with the make and model you happen to drive. In addition, the authorities state that your car’s tyres must be compatible with one another. This means, for example, that you are not allowed to fit oversized tyres to your vehicle – the sort of thing you might fit to a beach buggy – and then to drive out on the open road with them. Nor are you allowed to fit one set of tyres to the back two wheels on the basis that these are not fit for road usage just because the front two are street legal. Having said that, there are no particular rules about having the same level of tread on each of your four tyres. Some can be more worn than others. You can have a mix of different tyre manufacturers and even different models from within the same range if you wish. So long as the tyre is designed for your type of car and has sufficient tread depth, you can fit it and drive away.  In order to be confident that your tyres are properly chosen and fitted, you can get your tyres in Clarkston or other parts of Scotland on the best prices, here at Point S.

Flat tyre

Look out for Tyre Codes and Tyre Safety

When you choose a tyre for your car it must have the right width for the rim of the wheel as well as the desired aspect ratio which is a term that relates to the tyre height as a percentage of its width. If you look at the sidewall of your current tyres, you will see a code that indicates what you need to choose for a replacement. A typical code would begin 255/45 which means the width is 255mm and the aspect ratio is 45 per cent. After this, you will see a letter code which refers to the tyre’s construction method and two more numbers which give the wheel diameter level. Reading these codes on your current tyres will help you buy like for like so you know they are all compatible but if you are unsure, then all you have to do is to ask your local tyre dealership in your area.

New tyres from Point S

Which part of UK are you from? Have you faced any challenges buying tyres?



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