Car Tyre Labels Explained

Tyre Labels Explained: What Are They, and What Do They Mean?

When looking at buying car tyres online, you may have come across various different tyre labels and ratings. With so many different letters, colours and choices out there, it can be difficult to know what all the different tyre labels mean, and which tyre you should pick based on their different ratings. To help you pick out the best tyre for your needs and vehicle, we have provided a quick overview of car tyre labels.

 

What are Car Tyre Labels?

The rating system for car tyre labels is based on three efficiencies: fuel economy, wet grip and noise. Tyre labels are effectively a rating system that lets you know how efficient your tyres are in certain areas.

 

What Each Car Tyre Label Means

 

  • Fuel efficiency

 

Car tyre labels range from the letters A to G and use a coloured scale to determine if it is a good or negative rating. The label features a black arrow with a white letter inside that indicates the rating.

If you’re looking for tyres that have the best fuel-economical use, then look out for a green ‘A’ rating on the labels. This one is the best, and they filter down from there. The difference between the best and worst tyre rating can be 7.5%.

When choosing new car tyres, it is important to monitor what the fuel efficiency is for tyres as tyres can account for 20% of a car’s overall fuel consumption. So picking wisely could mean you make significant savings. The more miles you do, the more money a fuel-efficient tyre can save you.

 

  • Wet grip

 

Similarly to the fuel efficiency rating label, the tyre labels for wet grip range from A to G, and use a coloured scale. The rating is displayed in a black arrow with a white letter inside. 

The most important aspect of having tyres with good grip in wet, rainy weather conditions is that it helps your stopping distance, allowing you to brake quickly, and prevents skidding. The best rating for tyres with excellent wet grip is green with an ‘A’ rating. The rating depicts the stopping distances in wet, rainy weather, and how well the tyres brake. The difference between each letter can be around 2.5 metres stopping distance when braking from 50mph. Therefore, an ‘A’ rated tyre will come to a stop 18 metres before an ‘F’ rated tyre in wet weather.

If you’d like to read more about our helpful tips on driving in wet and rainy weather conditions, please visit our other blog articles.

  • Noise

    When it comes to labelling car tyres for noise, there are three ‘sound wave’ bars in which it is categorised. The rating for noise can be either one, two or three black-coloured bars. The overall decibel rating for a car tyre is provided in large white numbers on the car tyre label.

    The external noise rating is defined as follows:

    • One bar: this means that the car tyre is 3db or more below the recommended legislation
    • Two bars: this means that the tyre meets current and future legislation
    • Three bars: this means the tyre does meet current legislation, but that it will fail to meet it in the future

Contact Longbridges Tyres

If you’re interested in buying new tyres from a local and independent dealership then look no further than Longbridge Tyres. You can call our expert and friendly team today on 0121 457 7582, or through filling out our online contact form, and we’ll be in touch.

6 Tips For Driving Safely in Strong Wind and Rain

With the arrival of Storm Ciara over the weekend, we’ve all experienced high wind speed, and bad rainfall. At times like this when severe weather is upon us it is important to take care when driving. Severe weather demands all our concentration and attention when driving. High wind and rain can significantly increase the risk of dangerous situations occurring for everyone. 

Before setting off on your car journey, it is worth considering whether it is really necessary. Sometimes the best decision is to avoid driving and stay off the road completely until the weather clears. If there is no other option and you need to make the journey, then be sure to reduce distractions and keep your attention on the road at all times.

How to drive safely in strong wind and rain:

  • Anticipate gusts of wind

    Particularly when you are driving in an area that is prone to strong winds, such as open roads with no natural shielding or wind barrier

     

  • Be aware of large vehicles

    Larger vehicles are more susceptible to strong winds and they have difficulty staying in lanes

     

  • Keep a firm grip on the wheel

    When driving in high winds, make sure you keep both hands firmly gripped on the steering wheel; this is in case the wind worsens and begins to move your vehicle

     

  • Take your time and slow down

    If you’re making a journey in bad weather, take your time and slow down

     

  • Turn your lights on

    By turning on your headlights and backlights, this will help you see more clearly when driving in harsh weather as well as help other vehicles see you too

     

  • Give other vehicles more space

    If you add a few extra stopping distance seconds between you and the car in front, it gives you, and the cars behind you, more time to react to traffic, sudden braking and other hazards that may occur

 

When visibility is poor due to heavy rain and strong gusts of wind, one thing drivers should be cautious of, and try to avoid is hydroplaning, also known as aquaplaning. This occurs when a vehicle is travelling too fast in bad weather, especially heavy rain conditions. A layer of water builds between the vehicle wheels and the road surface. This leads to a loss of traction on the road and prevents the vehicle from responding to controls, which can make steering difficult and lead to a complete loss of vehicle control.

Contact

If you’re interested in the services of a premium tyre dealer in the Birmingham and Solihull areas, then look no further than Longbridge Tyres. We are a local and independent dealership who supply new tyres, replacement tyres and performance tyres for all types of vehicles. You can contact us today by calling 0121 457 7582 or though filling out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.

Are Part Worn Tyres Worth the Gamble?

Part worn tyres may seem like an initial bargain and money saver for car owners, but they come with some real risks. For those that are unaware, part worn tyres are second hand tyres that have been removed from cars and then resold. Generally speaking, buying part worn tyres is considered a risky business and false economy.

In a previous blog we explored whether part worn tyres are safe to use, today we’d like to focus upon why some people may decide to purchase part worn tyres over new tyres. Drivers should be extra cautious when considering buying used or part worn tyres, making sure that the tyres are tested and compliant with legal tyre regulations for driving in the UK. Without further ado, let’s explore whether part worn tyres are a great money saver or just a risky gamble:

Why Buy Part Worn Tyres?

The main reason why car owners purchase part worn tyres is because they are a cheap alternative, and cost significantly less than new big brand names. As we all know with many things in life, cheap does not always equal quality, and in this case, it does not guarantee safety and comes with real risk. Buying part worn tyres, especially if your car is older and seen better days, has the potential to be an accident in the making. Is it worth the risk just to save some pennies? Also, it is worth remembering that if you buy a second hand car and don’t replace the tyres, you are effectively buying and using part worn tyres. 

Still Considering it? Here’s What to Look Out For:

If you are considering, and want to buy a part worn tyre, here are the things to look out for:

  • Cracking in the sidewalls or tread
  • Unsafe repairs
  • Look out for objects such as nails and screws in the tyre
  • Check for bulges or lumps in the tyre
  • Check the tread depth and look for uneven wear
  • Check the tyre carcass inside and out for any damage

It is always advisable to buy from a reputable tyre seller and find out about the history of the tyre. If you are set on buying part worn tyres, it is also recommended you buy them in pairs, as this will ensure the tyres on each axle of the car match. But, if you are in any doubt about the quality, condition, safety or history of the tyres, don’t buy them; it’s not worth the risk.

The Danger of Buying Part Worn Tyres

We have touched upon this already, but one of the biggest disadvantages and dangers of buying part worn tyres is safety. These tyres typically have less tread depth compared with a brand new tyre. Part worn tyres generate less grip, particularly when wet, which means your car will have less traction. This means less cornering and braking grip.

Also, part worn tyres will not last as long as brand new tyres. Often you’ll have to replace them more regularly, so although the savings seem less at first, in the long run you’ll be spending more on replacement tyres. Part worn tyres can threaten your road safety and negatively affect the vehicle’s performance. They can affect your energy-efficiency, road noise, and safety on the roads. All car tyres in the UK must meet certain standards of road safety, relating to the condition of the rubber and tread depth. It is important and a legal requirement to make sure tyres adhere to these regulations and laws.

Are They Worth the Risk?

When purchasing part worn tyres, there are no real assurances and guarantees that they are completely safe and compliant with road safety and vehicle regulations.

Contact Us

If you’re in need of new tyres, we have a wide range of new tyres and performance tyres. Longbridge Tyres are a local tyre dealer that caters to a large customer base in Birmingham and Solihull with varying vehicle and performance requirements. You can contact our expert team on 0121 457 7582 or fill out our online contact form.

Winter Driving & Tyre Safety

The temperature has plummeted, our hours of daylight are shorter and it’s nearly Christmas; but this means we need to be careful and safe when driving. Winter can be a magical time of year; however, this also means an increased chance of ice and/ or snow on our roads.

It is not just snow and ice that can bring hazardous driving conditions during the UK winter. With temperatures below 7 °C, this can affect your car’s performance. This may come as no surprise, but the majority of car accident claims are made during the winter months. Mainly due to longer periods of darkness, rain, damp and fog, all of which contribute in making winter driving less safe.

In this blog, we shall be outlining some key winter driving tips, as well as detail how you can make sure your tyres are safe to use this winter.

Winter Driving Tips:

The first tip for driving safely in the winter is to always be prepared. It is essential to keep some winter provisions in the car in case you get stranded such as a blanket, shovel, warm clothes (jacket and boots), ice scraper, deicer and bottled water. Also, it is advisable to keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.

The second tip on our list is to always remember to take extra care. When driving in wintry conditions, there are three key things to remember: slow down in icy or wet conditions; triple check that the road is clear around you when making any manoeuvres and drive slowly and smoothly; and, lastly, ensure your car is in good working order and that your brakes and tyres are not worn.

Tyre Safety Tips:

Driving this time of year can be dangerous, it is important to be aware of the risks and potential hazards you may encounter. To ensure safety on the road this winter, we have compiled a list of tyre safety tips you can follow.

  • Make sure your tyres have adequate tread depth. You can check you are safe and legal by taking the 20p test
  • Ensure your tyres are properly inflated. It is advisable to check these at least once a month, and particularly before any long journeys
  • Check the condition of your tyres. Are there any lumos, bulges, cracks or objects embedded in the tread that need removing?
  • Don’t forget your spare tyre
  • Consider fitting winter weather tyres during the winter period. Winter tyres provide much better safety and grip when the temperature falls below 7 °C
  • Visit your nearest tyre dealer for a tyre safety check

If you are based in Birmingham or Solihull, Longbridge Tyres make an ideal solution to ensure tyre safety during the winter months, particularly if you are looking for new tyres, replacement tyres or performance tyres

Contact Us

If your vehicle needs new tyres, contact Longbridge Tyres today. We cater to a large customer base with different requirements – whether that is for cars, vans, 4x4s, and even performance vehicles. You can contact our team by calling 0121 457 7582 or filling out our online contact form.

Safety Advice for Driving This Summer

Safety Advice for Driving This Summer

With each new season comes a new set of challenges to manoeuvre when driving. This is true for specific winter car maintenance and driving in the snow, and also driving in the rain, but it’s also true for summer because there are plenty of hazards to look out for and things to consider.

Here at Longbridge Tyres, we specialise in providing tyres for all kinds of vehicles – whatever the weather. We’ve used this experience to talk you through some summer driving advice in our latest blog post below.

Maintenance

To begin with, maintenance is as important as ever in the summer. You always want to keep your car on the road as much as you can, so here’s what will help when the weather gets warmer:

  • Check your tyres. The high temperatures, matched with low tyre pressure, can compromise weak spots and lead to more punctures.
  • Overheating, naturally, is a common issue for cars in the summer. To help try and prevent this, keep your coolant topped up and look for white/wet marks on the coolant hoses. You can also listen for a particularly noisy fan while idling (just make sure this isn’t because your air conditioning is turned up).
  • Fuel efficiency can be an issue in the summer because of increased air conditioning usage and potential road trips. Use a roof box and close the windows when possible for aerodynamics, and match your tyre pressure to the recommended reading for the number of passengers in the vehicle to help get around this.
  • Your windscreen is essential and can become hazardous in the summer if you don’t take care of it with washer fluid and even cleaning spray. Bugs, heat, and old windscreen wipers can cause this, so keep an eye out for smudging and keep your windscreen clean.

Hayfever

As unassuming as it might seem, hayfever can actually be extremely dangerous for road users. It’s estimated that 2 million drivers have either had an accident, near miss or lost control of their vehicle due to hayfever. The number of accident/near accidents caused by hayfever makes sense when you consider that, when travelling at 70mph, you can travel up to 100min the time it takes to sneeze. With that in mind, be sure to slow down and increase your distance to the vehicle in front if you feel you’re about to sneeze.

To help reduce the dangers hayfever has on driving, there are measures you can take. Stay prepared with sunglasses, by closing the vents in your car, getting your pollen filters changed, keeping tissues on hand, and regularly cleaning your car – especially the floor mats. You should also be careful of the effects of hayfever medication, which can cause drowsiness and blurred vision.

Road Trips

With millions of people going on their summer holidays, and many of these requiring long road trips, safety on long journeys in the summer is an important consideration. For example, the longer days can be deceiving and make it seem like you’ve been driving for less time than you have.

Firstly, you need to make adequate vehicle checks before setting off on a road trip.

You should then also make some preparations to ensure tiredness does not cloud your judgement when driving. Take breaks on journeys that are over three hours – for at least 20 minutes every third hour – and take breaks on long journeys shorter but more frequent.

Avoiding big meals, drinking, and hangovers – all three of which are very common summer holiday activities – when driving a long journey are also essential for beating tiredness and staying safe on the roads this summer.

Final Considerations

There are also some other things to beware of in order to stay safe while driving in the summer. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Loose chippings from road repairs
  • Throwing cigarettes into verges/grassy areas, because this can cause fires
  • Tractors, which are not required to use brake lights or signals unless it’s dark
  • Rain – after the sun comes the rain and all parts of this are dangerous, whether that is as the rain starts to fall, while it is heavy, or after it has finished

Longbridge Tyres

If you need new tyres this summer, contact Longbridge Tyres. We serve Birmingham, Solihull, and the local area with all of the highest quality tyres – including performance tyres.

To learn more, contact us by calling 0121 457 7582 or filling out our simple contact form.

A Guide to Buying Replacement Tyres

A Guide to Buying Replacement Tyres

Tyres are essential for car safety and also performance, so choosing the right replacement tyres when the time comes is imperative. There are a few key considerations to make when buying new tyres, and those include the different ratings, performance, and budget. Longbridge Tyres use our industry expertise to go into more detail about these important features in our latest blog post below.

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