Wheels and tires for your car
All you need to know about wheels and tires
Renting a car with winter tires
Renting a car is a reliable and simple way to enjoy a vehicle for a weekend or a stay. Travellers who want to go to the mountains during their winter holidays should rent a car with snow tires for the duration of their stay. Tourists can rent a car through car rental applications, websites or agencies, in addition to private car rental between individuals. Visit drivy.co.uk and learn more about peer-to-peer car rental.
For safety reasons, in winter, your rental vehicle must be equipped with suitable tires (a car rental with winter tires). This is even an obligation in many countries, which is why many rental companies systematically provide this equipment. There are rental companies that can equip vehicles with winter tires free of charge. However, supplements must be provided.
Rims and tires
Change the size of the rims or tires while staying well insured
Changing the cars’ rims or tires requires you to know the precautions to take to continue to be well insured in the case of an accident or theft. Rims are very popular accessories for car owners, whether or not they are tuners. But adding rims (and/or changing the size of the tires) requires taking some precautions to avoid disappointments with your insurer. Only rims approved by the vehicle manufacturer must be fitted and your insurer must be informed of any changes to the insured vehicle. It may also be an opportunity to purchase coverage against your rims’ theft. This will ensure that you can drive safely and always be well insured. It is advisable to have your rims and/or tires mounted by a professional. He will be able to confirm your choice. You will not have any unpleasant surprises during the roadworthiness test or in the event of a claim from your insurer.
Car tire size
Equipping your car with new tires
Before you start buying, you will first have to identify the dimensions of your current tires. Indeed, if the size of your tires is not adapted to your vehicle, you may end up with unusable products… Also, to avoid any unpleasant surprises, you should consult the guides dedicated to car tire sizes. It is necessary to check the original dimensions of the vehicle. By original dimensions, we mean those defined by the manufacturer when the vehicle leaves the market. The latter are generally expressed in inches, the Anglo-Saxon unit of measurement used to specify the size of rims and wheels. In some situations, you will find only one tire size for a particular model of vehicle. On the other hand, you may encounter some vehicle models for which several original dimensions are available. As a result, driving assistance systems are optimized according to wheel size. The manufacturer then provides pre-settings that makes it easier to change the size.
Check the characteristics of your vehicle before buying wheels and tires
4×4 and SUV
Car repair and decoration
Decoration and maintenance of the vehicle
Which rims are suitable for my car?
The choice of rims is made according to several criteria. First, the technical point of view must be taken into account. You must buy models adapted to your car’s type. Generally, each car category has designs that are compatible with it. Although the dimensions may be common to several types of cars, other parameters such as load index or bore references may be different. For example, rims for SUVs or light commercial vehicles must be able to support more loads than those made for city cars, compact cars or sedans.
When to change the tires?
Driving with a worn tyre reduces the grip and control of the vehicle, increases the risk of punctures and aquaplaning. This is why it is essential to check the condition of your tires regularly. Check the tyre wear indicators in the main grooves. It is recommended to carry out a wear inspection every 3000 km approximately.
Reading a tire
How to read a tire?
Can’t you read a tire? Don’t you understand the letters and numbers on your tires? It doesn’t matter, there’s still time to look into it! Knowing how to decipher the markings on the sidewall of your tires can be very useful, especially when you need to change them. This gives you the guarantee that you will not make a mistake when buying your new tires. The marking of a tire corresponds to the indications on the sidewall of a tire. In addition to the brand and range name, you can read the tire size and characteristics: width, sidewall height, diameter, structure, load index and speed index.