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Types of tyres explained

While tyres may not be among the first things on your mind when purchasing, they probably should be. In reality, tyres are arguably the most crucial component of your vehicle. 

After all, they are what allow your vehicle to function. Why is this so? 

The main functions of a vehicle's tyres include supporting the vehicle load, transmitting traction and braking forces to the road surface, absorbing shocks from the road and changing and maintaining the direction of travel.

Are you looking for a good set of tyres? Visit Imperial Tyres today for more information. 


Every part of your vehicle serves a purpose; unfortunately, tyres are often neglected. Many don't realise that having the proper wheels for your car can improve fuel economy, handling, and overall safety.

So how do you make sure that your tyres are high quality?  

It's simple! Choose a company that processes tyres that perform well in the worst situations. 

Visit Imperial Tyres Swindon for the best tyres you can trust. Our tyres are engineered and produced according to European and international regulations.


When seasons change, your tyres should adjust as well. This is to increase the longevity of your tyre life and provide safety for you and your passengers as well. 

Here are the best types of tyres for every season. 


Summer Tyres 

Summer tyres are primarily designed for high-performance vehicles. They are optimised for dry and occasionally wet roads. Although designed for year-round usage, they should not be used during the winter months for safety. 


Winter Tyres 

These tyres are optimal for the winter weather, with high traction on ice, snow, and slush. They can also be used on wet and dry road surfaces but are not recommended for year-round usage. They work best in colder conditions. 


All-Season Tyres 

All-Season tyres are the most popular tire on the road as they are built to handle everyday driving. The tread provides balanced performance on dry and wet surfaces and can perform well in mild winter weather. If you're looking for cost-efficient wheels, you should look into All-Season tyres. 


4X4 Tyres

Designed for off-roading, they have excellent grip when on mud, dirt and rocks. They can be driven on regular roads but might be louder than usual. 


When you purchase your vehicle, it should come with a set of 4 tyres and a spare in case of emergencies. But what happens when you need to replace your tyres, which you should do every few years? 


Here is a quick guide to know when you should replace your tyres:


Tread Depth

Every tyre has a treat wear indicator which are small blocks of rubber around the tyre. As the tyre gets more usage, it wears out. You can tell that your tyres are no longer in pristine condition when the blocks get closer to the surface of the tyre. And since the tread helps your car stay where it is, even in wet conditions, it would be best to replace your tyres when the tread is gone!


Uneven wear

You might notice your front tyres get worn out faster than the back tyres. Although this is normal, you should consider replacing your front tyres or all four is necessary. 


Replacing sets

Speaking of replacement tyres, experts recommend replacing tyres by fours plus the spare (or more if you have that kind of vehicle). There is a bigger risk when tyres are mismatched so keep them the same! 

Finally, experts recommend changing tyres after 5 to 10 years to keep them functioning at their best. 


Since tyres are an integral part of driving, they are the parts you should care for often. Here are some ways to keep your tyres in tip-top shape:

1. Check your tire pressure monthly. Tyres can lose approximately one pound per square inch of air per month, even more during colder months. Get your tire pressure checked every so often to avoid losing air. 

2. Inspect tyres regularly, especially before long road trips. Check how your tires are doing before and during a long journey to ensure your safety. 

3. Don’t overload your vehicle. Your tyres wear out faster when your car is carrying too much weight! 

4. Don’t wait until your tyres are on their deathbed before replacing them. Most tyres can last a long while, especially if they're well-maintained. Professionals still recommend changing them out before they get worn out for better performance.

5. Never install mismatched tyres. All tyres must be the same for each vehicle. So even when you need to replace two, it would be better to replace all four, especially if you have the budget for it. 

6. Check nitrogen in tyres. Although regular air does the trick, you may want to look into filling your tyres with nitrogen. It’s denser and is less affected by temperature. You'll find yourself making fewer trips to the tyre pressure checker. 

Imperial Tyres offer a vast range of modern tyres, for summer, winter and all year round. To find the tyre for your usage and preferences, contact us for more information on how you can get a new set of wheels.