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Tyre FAQ

Where can I find my tyre size?

The tyre size is located on the sidewall of your tyre, generally these numbers are bold and prominent, it will look something like this, 225 / 55 / R17 101 W.

How do I order tyres from Avatyre?

  1. Easy, enter your tyre size eg. 225 / 55 / R17 101 W, and click on "show tyres".
  2. Choose from our extensive range, from budget to premium brands, and add to your shopping cart.
  3. Enter the address of one of our fitting centre's or your local garage.
  4. This will lead to the final stage of making a secure payment online.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0845 686 1448.

Can you deliver to my home address?

At the moment we can only deliver to garages.

How long will it take for my tyres to be delivered?

We allow up to 5 working days, though generally the tyres arrive within 2 working days.

Is it free UK delivery?

It is free delivery for two or more tyres. For one tyre, there is an additional £5 delivery charge.

Do you deliver to other european counties?

Yes we do, though shipping is not free as in the UK. There is an additional £15 per tyre. To order tyres to be delivered outside of the UK, please call us on
0845 686 1448.

Do I need to inform the fitting centre / my local garage that my tyres will be arriving?

Yes, we recommend at your earliest convenience, give them a call, you could arrange a fitting appointment at the same time.

Will the fitting centre / my local garage charge me a fitting fee?

Yes, all fitting centre's / garages charge for fitting and you pay them directly. This varies from £6 to £20.

What is / How do I find my tyre size?

Your tyre size can be found on the side of your tyre, you are looking for information such as – 205/ 55 R16 V 91.

These numbers can be shown in a different order depending on the tyre you currently have fitted, ideally keep an eye out for any other information such as RF (Run Flat), XL (Extra Load) etc. that are also required in order to help you choose the correct tyre for your vehicle.

Don’t forget to check all your tyres, some vehicles e.g. some BMW’s have different sizes on the front and the back. Your vehicle handbook should show the correct information if you are in doubt.

What tyre should I choose?

Our customers have always told us they like the wide choice of tyres we provide, unlike high street branches that have limited options. We provide full descriptions of the tyre models that are shown on our site.

Your tyres are such an important part of contact with the road and your safety we recommend that whilst keeping within your budget, you choose as good a tyre as you can afford.

What do I need to take to the garage?

If your wheels need a locking wheel nut, you should be able to find one in your vehicle, these can often be found in the boot with puncture repair kits or in the glove box of your car. Make sure that you provide this to the garage so they can remove your wheels.

What are winter tyres?

Winter tyres have been designed to specifically cope with snow and ice, as well as cold and damp conditions. Below 7 degrees celsius the tread compound in normal tyres begins to harden, providing less grip. Winter tyres use advanced silica compounds so they remain pliant in cold temperatures.

How often should my tyres be checked?

Tyres should be inspected at least once a month and before any long journey. Checks should include checking the air pressure, overall condition and tread depth. And don't forget to check the spare or the compressor and sealant if no spare was fitted!

What should I do when checking my tyres?

Tread depths should be checked to ensure they meet the legal minimum regulations. Pressures should be checked in line with the vehicle manufacturers' recommended settings. Take care to increase the pressure if the vehicle is heavily loaded as shown in the car makers recommendations.

The tyres should also be given a thorough visual inspection to look for any cuts, lumps or bulges. Also look for any objects embedded in the tread which should be removed.

What is the minimum legal tread depth?

Current UK law requires car, van and LCV drivers to have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference.

For trucks (vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes g.v.w), current tread depth legislation requires that they must have a minimum of 1mm of tread in a continuous band throughout the central three-quarters of the tread width and over the whole circumference of the tyre. The same regulation applies to re- grooved tyres.

Meanwhile, for motorcycles over 50cc it is 1mm across 3⁄4 of the width of the tread pattern and with visible tread on the remaining 1⁄4. For motorcycles up to 50cc the law requires that all the grooves of the original tread pattern must be clearly visible.

Why is tread depth important?

Adequate tread depth is essential for good grip on wet roads as the tread pattern helps to remove water from between the tyre and the road surface. Drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning.

What are the fines for driving with illegal tyres?

Drivers who fail to comply with the regulations face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

Where can I find the correct pressure for my tyres?

The vehicle manufacturers' handbook contains this information, as well as it being available inside the fuel filler cap or driver's door sill. Many tyre retailers will also be able to provide this information.

What speed rating do I need?

We recommend that you fit tyres with the same or higher speed rating than those originally fitted to your vehicle. If you have any concerns about the tyres currently fitted to your vehicle being too low a speed rating we recommend checking your vehicle handbook for full details on the most appropriate to be fitted.

What causes irregular wear?

Irregular wear can be caused by a number of factors. Repeated scuffing of tyres against kerbs, misaligned steering, aggressive driving, the over- or under-inflation of the tyre, worn suspension parts, are just some reasons. There are so many variables that there is no one single answer.

Tyres should be checked regularly for any signs of wear and replaced accordingly.

How many miles can I get from my set of tyres?

Tyre life is very dependent on the way that they are used. A set of tyres well maintained and used exclusively on motorways can return a much higher mileage against tyres badly maintained and ill-treated in a city centre and urban environment.

How far/fast can I drive with a deflated special 'run flat' tyre?

Recommendations in the area may differ from tyre manufacturer to manufacturer and drivers should always consult the car manufacturer's handbook for the distance that can be travelled and speed driven. Please note that standard tyres should not be run without air or this will cause irreparable damage.