195 – This is the tyres section width in mm and is measured from sidewall to sidewall.
55 – This is a reference to the height of the sidewall and is shown as a percentage of the tyres section width.
R – This indicates that this is a Radial tyre
16 – This is the diameter of the wheel rim in inches.
87 – This is called the load index. It is a numerical code associated with the maximum load a tyre can carry
V – The speed index indicates the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry a load corresponding to its Load index
Please Note: It is always recommended that when discussing tyres, you always state the exact make and model of the vehicle for which they relate. Some vehicles whilst sharing the same tyre size and load rating, do have tyres constructed which are specific to them. It is also important to state whether any modifications have been made to the vehicle as this can have a bearing on correct tyre fitment. Where possible bring the vehicle down to our yard and we will inspect your tyres for you
Wheel Alignment & Balance
Reduced Tyre Wear - Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tyre wear. Over the years, a properly aligned car can add thousands of miles to tyre life.
Improved Fuel Consumption - Fuel consumption reduces as the drag on the tyres (rolling resistance) decreases. Four wheel alignment sets the wheels straight/parallel, which along with correct tyre pressures, minimises the rolling resistance.
Saves Money & Environment - By preventing premature tyre wear, early tyre disposal and improving fuel economy/ CO2 emissions, it not only reduces the cost of motoring, putting more money in your pocket but helps the environment too!
Improved Handling - Many handling problems can be corrected by four wheel alignment, giving you the driver a better and enjoyable driving experience.
Safer Driving - Misalignment will make the car less stable when taking emergency or evasive action. A suspension system inspection is part of an alignment procedure, therefore potentially allows worn parts to be spotted before they cause a a more costly problem.
If your wheels are out of balance you may notice your steering wheel starts to wobble above a certain speed and you may experience a vibration, making it uncomfortable to drive. Out of balance wheels results in premature wearing of suspension and steering components, rotating parts and tyres. As a result of wheel balancing, you should notice a smoother ride and better wear from your tyres.
EU Tyre Labeling explained
The information available to you when you buy car tyres has changed for the better.From November 2012 most new tyres will carry a new label giving you information about that particular tyre's wet grip, fuel efficiency and noise performance. The same information will be available on websites and promotional material.
This is the result of a new European regulation (1222/2009) aimed at reducing fuel consumption across Europe by helping motorists make better informed choices and encouraging the purchase of more fuel efficient tyres.