Tyre advice

Have you checked your tyre tread recently? Tyre safety is paramount to you, your passengers and other road users. Don’t wait until your MOT to check your tread depth, do it now or visit any of our branches for a FREE tyre check.

We know it’s easy to get complacent with the hustle and bustle of everyday life but tyre experts recommend that you should check your tyres at least once a month. Tyres play a vital role in how well your car grips the road and without sufficient tyre tread, your car will handle poorly.

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Tyre Tread

Have you checked your tyre tread recently? Tyre safety is paramount to you, your passengers and other road users. Don’t wait until your MOT to check your tread depth, do it now or visit any of our branches for a FREE tyre check.

We know it’s easy to get complacent with the hustle and bustle of everyday life but tyre experts recommend that you should check your tyres at least once a month. Tyres play a vital role in how well your car grips the road and without sufficient tyre tread, your car will handle poorly.

As your wheels rotate, the grooves in the tyre tread suck water from the contact patch which essentially dries the road surface. Unbelievably, a tyre in good condition can move around 15 litres of water per second! If your tyre tread is not up to standard, less water is shifted which increases the risk of aquaplaning and you may lose control.

Even with all the sophisticated safety features on modern cars such as anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, they don’t mean much if you don’t look after your tyres. It is like putting a Band Aid on a broken arm. Putting it plainly, the deeper your tyre tread, the better your car will grip and perform even in terms of fuel-efficiency.

Regardless of the car you drive, checking your legal tyre tread depth is one of the most important aspects of tyre safety. In the UK and Europe, the legal tyre tread depth for cars is 1.6mm around the tyre circumference and the central three quarters. The tread must meet the minimum requirement across its entire circumference. However experts believe the 1.6mm legal minimum tread does not guarantee safety. Most recommend that you should replace your tyres when the tyre tread depth is at 3mm.

Backed up by tests from MIRA (formerly the Motor Industry Research Association) once tyres are below 3mm, stopping distances increase dramatically. The difference in wet braking distance between tyres worn to 3mm compared to 1.6mm can be as much as 44%. This just goes to show why tyre tread depth is so important in wet weather conditions.

Besides the obvious safety risks, do you really want a £2,500 fine and three penalty points for a worn tyre? Remember that the fine is not per vehicle, it’s per tyre which essentially means a £10,000 fine and 12 points if all your tyres are worn.

Everything you do about your tyres will add to overall tyre safety. While professional tyre centres can help with all your tyre needs, knowing what to check for is essential to ensure road and tyre safety. If you don’t know how to check that your tyre tread depth is legal, there are a few easy tricks to keep in mind.

You could use a tread depth gauge to measure the inside and the outside of your tyre tread. If you don’t have one, they aren’t expensive to buy but you are always welcome at any of our Elite centres where our expert tyre technicians will check everything for you.

Another way to easily check your tyre tread depth is the visible tread wear indicators. These are moulded into the tread grooves to indicate whether a tyre is worn beyond the minimum safety limit. It’s really simple; if you can see them, you need to replace your tyres. If you don’t know where to find them, look for a mark on the sidewall that will guide you.

20p check

You can also do the 20p coin test. Simply insert a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre and if the outer band of the 20p coin is hidden, your tread is above the legal limit. If you can see the outer band, it is very likely that you should replace your tyres as soon as possible.

Always check your tyres in a few different locations around the entire circumference for a more accurate result. Remember to check all your tyres at least once a month and don’t forget the spare. If you suspect tyre damage of any kind, visit Elite Garages and we’ll take care of it while you wait.

Have you noticed the writing on your tyres? The new tyre labelling is based on European regulations focusing on driver education to help them make more informed decisions when buying tyres. This refers to fuel efficiency, quality and the importance of finding the right tyre size for your car.

Knowing your tyre size is important especially when buying new tyres. It’s not uncommon that many people don’t know their tyre size but that’s where Elite Garages come in. Looking at a tyre with the numbers, 215/60 R 15 91 H, what exactly do they mean?

  • 215 indicates the tyre width measured in millimetres from sidewall to sidewall.
  • 60 is the aspect ratio or the percentage of the tyre’s sidewall height compared to the tyre width. This figure indicates that the height of the tyre is 60% of its width.
  • R is the construction code indicating that this particular tyre is manufactured with a radial ply construction. Majority of modern tyres are designed this way.
  • 15 is the rim diameter measured in inches from one side of the wheel flange to the other.
  • 91 shows the load index or maximum carrying capacity of your tyre measured in kg. In this example, cars with a load index of 91 have a maximum load capacity of 615 kg.
  • The H in this tyre labelling example is the speed rating when tyre pressure is correct and when used under load. A tyre with a speed rating of H has a maximum speed of 130 mph (210 km/h).

Speed Rating (Symbol : MPH)
J : 62
K : 68
L : 75
M : 81
N : 87
P : 93
Q : 99
R : 106
S : 112
T : 118
U : 124
H : 130
V : 149
W : 168
Y : 186
VR : 130+
ZR : 150+
tyre markings explained

While in some cases you could fit tyres with a higher load index and speed rating, you should always first consult the vehicle manufacturing manual. You will find all the information you need to determine whether, by law, you can fit a certain tyre for your car.

Remember that overloading your vehicle puts additional strain on your tyres and other critical components. It can result in poor handling, increased fuel consumption and even tyre failure. This includes severe cracking, part separation or worst case scenario, a tyre “blowout.”

It is vital that you always look at load and speed rating together when buying tyres. At the same time, the tyre’s speed rating should also match your vehicle’s top speed. When in doubt, look at the car manufacturer’s manual or just ask our tyre experts at any Elite Garages. We can help you find the right tyre size for your car.

Hand-held Tyre Pressure Machine

In addition to ensuring that your tyres meet the legal tread depth requirements, you also need to regularly check tyre pressure. It is an important part of total tyre maintenance. While you may not always see that your tyres are losing air, it generally goes down by up to two pounds per square inch (PSI) each month. This number tends to increase during warm weather which means more regular checks are required.

Why Is Tyre Pressure Important?

Did you know that one of the primary reasons tyres need replacing is due to uneven tread wear? Both under-inflated and over-inflated tyres can affect handling and grip, making your car unstable and increase braking distance. In many cases, low tyre pressure can wear out your tyres faster, resulting in increased rolling resistance, reduced fuel efficiency and increased emissions. It’s really important to keep your tyre pressure at the right level otherwise your car may behave erratically.

How Often Should I Check Tyre Pressure?

While some might think it depends on how often you drive, it may not be the same for everyone. To improve safety, ride comfort, and improved fuel economy, tyre experts recommend checking your tyre pressures at least once a month. If you drive more regularly, and in less than ideal weather and road conditions, you should check your tyres at least once a week.

Don’t forget to also check for visual tyre damage, tread depth, bulges, punctures or cuts. If you see a nail or screw lodged in your tyre, do not remove it as air could escape and you’ll be left with a flat. Instead, visit any of our Elite Garages for a FREE tyre check and we’ll even fix or replace it while you wait.

Under Inflated Tyres

Tyres can quickly become under inflated without regular tyre maintenance checks. Under inflated tyres will wear more on the edges of the tread especially when left unchecked for some time. This will result in uneven contact with the road and increases the rolling resistance of your tyres. Your vehicle’s performance will be affected in terms of higher fuel consumption, increased stopping distances and poor handling. The only outcome here is added risk and the increased likelihood of collisions.

Over Inflated Tyres

Over inflating your tyres can be just as damaging, dangerous and expensive. Over inflated tyres will have a smaller contact patch (where the tyre meets the road) which can lead to a loss of traction and poorer braking distances. Excessively inflated tyres will cause heavy and uneven wear across the central part of the tyre, leading to a much shorter lifespan.

All of this can be avoided through an effective tyre maintenance routine. Get them checked and fixed before it’s too late. You can find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle in the owner’s manual, on the inside of the driver’s door or inside the petrol cap. Use a tyre pressure gauge if you have one or alternatively, visit any of our centres for a FREE tyre check.

New EU Legislation passed in 2012 with a focus on tyre labelling states that every new tyre sold within Europe must be labelled. There are a few exceptions but we’ll discuss that later. Many tyre industry pundits have called this legislation the biggest change to hit the industry in over 50 years.

At Elite Garages, we like to educate our customers about their tyres and help them make the right choices when buying tyres. We want to help you understand exactly what the tyre labelling means and how it will affect you.

What does a tyre label mean?

Tyres are all made using similar processes but no two makes of tyres are the same. The aim of the EU tyre labelling legislation is to increase driver safety, promote fuel-efficiency and tyre safety, decrease noise levels and educate consumers to make informed purchasing decisions. You need to find the right tyres that match your driving requirements. Some provide better traction in wet weather or snow, while others offer a smoother ride at high speeds.

All tyre and vehicle suppliers or distributors are obligated under this legislation to provide customers with all the necessary information. In accordance with the EU tyre label, tyres assessed on performance in three categories with a score rating as indicated below:

  • Fuel efficiency is displayed on a sliding scale from A (best) to G (worst). The difference in fuel consumption between a car fitted with A and G class tyres is approximately 0.5 litres per 60 miles or 100 km. That equates to a saving of around 80 litres and more than £110 per year (according to regulation EC 1222/2009).
  • Where applicable, wet grip performance is measured under controlled conditions and rated from A (best) to G (worst). This includes passenger car tyres (C1 tyres), light commercial vehicles (vans – C2 tyres) and heavy vehicles (trucks, buses – C3 tyres).
  • Exterior noise level, measured in decibels (dB) and a pictogram with up to three ‘sound waves’. A single ‘sound wave’ shows that the tyre is relatively quiet while three ‘sound waves’ show a relatively noisy tyre.

Based on a set of four tyres fitted on an average vehicle, tyres with the best EU tyre label rating for wet grip generally have a 30% shorter braking distance compared to the worst rated tyres. And with the rolling resistance of your tyres accounting for about 15% of your overall fuel consumption, it just makes sense to choose the right tyres for your car.

Tyre Labelling Exceptions

As mentioned earlier, there are a few exceptions to the new EU tyre label legislation which does not cover the following:

    • re-tread tyres
    • professional off-road tyres
    • temporary spare tyres
    • studded tyres
    • racing-only tyres
    • tyres with a speed rating of less than 50 mph (80 km/h)
    • tyres only for vehicles registered for the first time before 1 October 1990
    • tyres with a nominal diameter smaller than 254 mm or bigger than 635 mm

For additional information about tyre labelling, visit the European Commission website or contact any of our Elite Garages. Our staff are friendly, professional and trained to offer expert assistance in any way they can.

Buying tyres is not always an easy task especially if you consider the extensive tyre range currently on the market. At Elite Garages, our tyre experts will always recommend the right tyre for your vehicle, budget and your driving style. We strive to provide all of our customers with high performance, reliable tyres at an affordable price. Our tyre range includes performance tyres, commercial tyres, general Use and touring tyres among others. Contact any of our garages nationwide to find out more.

Performance Tyres

Our range of performance tyres is designed to offer drivers the ultimate in control and safety. They complement the power and comfort of high-performance saloons, estates and GT cars so you can enjoy a smooth, exhilarating ride, regardless of road conditions.

Potenza S001

The Potenza S001 is the perfect tyre for the sporty, demanding driver in wet and dry conditions. Suitable for a wide range of models, from super cars such as the Enzo Ferrari, to popular models like the new Golf. It offers high performance with a good level of comfort and low noise. They are also available as runflat tyres in certain sizes.

P Zero Corsa System

This is the most recent and innovative product of the Pirelli Ultra High Performance range. It was developed as the original equipment tyre for uncompromising sports cars. The P Zero Corsa System combines a Directional tyre (front axle fitment) with an Asymmetric tyre (rear axle fitment). This greatly improves handling and precision when cornering.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Goodyear’s new Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tyre features the latest ActiveBraking Technology. Using innovative 3 dimensional block design within the tyre tread increases contact with the road when braking. This means reduced braking distances in wet and dry conditions for added peace of mind.

Firestone Firehawk SZ90

The Firehawk SZ90 offers superb handling and reliable all-surface grip. This genuine performance tyre lets you experience the fun and excitement of driving like never before. 

Commercial Tyres

When driving a van, you need a tyre that works as hard as you do. Our great-value range is tough enough to handle heavy daily use and the rigours of frequent motorway driving.

Bridgestone Duravis R630

The Duravis R630 offers improved economy, safety and durability to commercial vans and light trucks. The Super LL Carbon compound helps extend tyre life up to 30% compared to conventional tyres. The advanced tread design also provides excellent handling in wet conditions. Additional technologies give the tyre rugged and durable performance for intensive commercial use.

Goodyear DuraGrip

Goodyear has developed the new DuraGrip tyre to specifically meet the needs of today’s small city vans. With fuel costs at a premium, Goodyear has incorporated innovative low-rolling resistance technology to reduce fuel consumption. The DuraGrip tyre uses the most innovative technology from the test-winning HydraGrip and UltraGrip 7+. This particular tyre range delivers excellent fuel economy, mileage and performance.

Firestone Vanhawk

To get the job done, you need strong, reliable partners you can trust and Firestone Vanhawk tyres deliver consistently high performance. With its excellent mileage and long lifespan, the Vanhawk combines outstanding all-weather traction with the durability of a top commercial tyre.

Pirelli Chrono

Specifically designed for commercial vehicles, these tyres match the performance characteristics of summer car tyres with the traditional characteristics of commercial vehicle tyres. Comfortable and safe, it performs in all conditions and load. The tyres are characterised by low noise levels and provide excellent performance throughout their lifespan, even in extreme conditions. 

Ecology Tyres / Eco-friendly Tyres

Reducing your carbon footprint no longer means having to compromise on safety or comfort. New technologies and manufacturing methods have resulted in top quality eco-friendly tyres.

Bridgestone ECOPIA EP150

As the flagship brand for Bridgestone's environmentally friendly range, ECOPIA combines outstanding stability and response with extremely low rolling resistance. It also offers superb fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. ECOPIA is the perfect synergy between superior safety and environmental performance.

Pirelli Cinturato P7

Pirelli's first "Green Performance" tyre, the Cinturato P7™, takes full advantage of the latest materials, structures and tread pattern design. It guarantees savings, respects the environment while providing comfort and safety on all road surfaces.

General Use Tyres

Every driver wants to get the best out of their vehicle. Even for normal daily motoring, it's crucial to have a tyre that offers the best possible handling, grip and comfort. That's why our range of general tyres offers a great mix of reliability and performance in all road conditions.

Bridgestone B250

The B250 tyres offer a good balance between comfort, stability, low noise levels, aquaplaning, performance and mileage. Many leading car manufacturers choose the B250 tyre range including the Fiat Punto, Mercedes-Benz B-class, Vauxhall Astra, Renault Clio and Modus, Skoda Roomster and Toyota Yaris.

Bridgestone B330 EVO

Long-lasting high performance Improved sidewall contour, bead construction and a new tread compound compared to previous design. It is safer, offers more precise handling and improved comfort. The grip in wet weather has also been improved to reduce the risk of aquaplaning.

Firestone Multihawk

The Multihawk is designed to combine even greater comfort with excellent handling and durability and classified as the perfect all-round performer.

Bridgestone Dayton D110

Dayon D110 offers reliable all-round performance with good durability, long wear life, well-balanced driving characteristics and excellent grip in the wet. 

Touring Tyres

A good touring tyre is all about comfort, stability and complete control. Our selection is designed to offer mid-range and top-end touring cars the perfect balance between a smooth ride and agile performance regardless of road or weather conditions.

Bridgestone Turanza ER300 (TURANZA - NATURAL HARMONY)

The Turanza ER300 is the perfect balance between performance, stability and sheer driving pleasure. A solid construction and state-of-the-art tread technology deliver outstanding stability and steering response, allowing you safely power through the toughest conditions.

Firestone TZ300

Firestone continues to move the world safely and reliably with the Firestone TZ300. Offering outstanding performance and durability, this genuine all-rounder is a favourite choice among many.

Firestone Multihawk

The Multihawk is designed to combine even greater comfort with excellent handling and durability and classified as the perfect all-round performer.

Firestone TZ200

Designed with high resistance to aquaplaning, the TZ200 provides consistent performance throughout its lifespan. It also offers excellent braking and handling abilities.

Elite Garages have been supplying and fitting a wide tyre range for several decades to customers requiring general use tyres, commercial tyres and performance tyres. Regardless of what you drive, we are always confident to recommend our range of tyres

from Michelin, Pirelli to GoodYear and Continental among others. Our expert technicians will carefully and expertly fit your tyres for total peace of mind.

A tyre puncture or a flat tyre is when a pneumatic radial deflates causing the wheel’s rim to ride on the ground or on the tyre tread. This could result in losing control of your vehicle or permanent damage to the tyre and wheel. Without a tyre repair or puncture repair, your vehicle is a danger to you, and everyone around you.

While a tyre repair seems simple enough, it involves more than you may think. Tyre repair is a highly technical process covered by the British Standard which dictates how and when you can carry out a tyre repair.

Can my tyre be repaired?

Our tyre repair policy adheres to the British Standard, BSAU159 which defines the limits to the location, size and number of repairs allowed. It also suggests recommended materials to use for the puncture repair. In addition, the BSAU159 also indicates requirements for a safe, minor car tyre puncture repair and its proximity to the sidewall.

To remain compliant, we only carry out a tyre repair to the central tread area of the tyre, also known as the minor repair area. If the puncture is located outside of this area, it is deemed too close to the sidewall to guarantee a safe and sustainable minor tyre repair.

Runflat Tyres

Runflat tyres have reinforced sidewalls which means you can drive on them for a limited distance allowing you to safely get to a fitment centre. While runflat tyres are incredibly tough and durable, most tyre manufacturers state that they cannot be repaired. It is too difficult to accurately determine whether or not the structure of the tyre wall has been damaged. The tyres may have weakened and are no longer safe to use which means a tyre repair is not an option.

When should a tyre be replaced and not repaired?

It’s important to note that not all tyre punctures can be repaired. In some situations, it may be best to fit a new tyre instead of repairing the current one. You should replace your tyres when:

    • the puncture is not within the central part of the tyre
    • the tyre tread depth is illegal (less than 1.6 mm across the central ¾ of the tyre)
    • there is evidence of wear or damage (exposed cords or bead damage)
    • if a poor quality tyre repair was previously carried out
    • there is damage to the tyre sidewall or shoulder

Whether you have a puncture or your tyre is slowly losing pressure, book a puncture repair and our expert technicians will assess the problem and determine whether a tyre repair is suitable and in accordance with British Standards.

If you suspect that you have a puncture or any other potentially dangerous tyre damage, visit any of the Elite Garages for a FREE tyre check. Our expert technicians will do all the necessary checks while you wait and recommend a tyre repair or replacement if necessary.

We’ll provide you with tyres that suit your vehicle and your driving style. However, there are some things you need to bear in mind when driving on brand new tyres. The tyre surface will feature a number of tiny vent holes from the moulding process. It will also be incredibly smooth.

To remove these holes and properly prepare the surface for day-to-day driving, we suggest tyres should be run in for the first 150 to 200 miles at medium speed on dry roads. All while avoiding sharp cornering and hard braking.

Then, a new tyre should be ready to offer you maximum grip and optimum performance. All new tyres (especially mud & snow tyres) should be run in for the first 150 to 200 miles at medium speed on dry roads, in order to abrade the tread surface.

There are several reasons for doing this

  • Tyres are vulcanised in heating moulds, which will have been manufactured extremely precisely (1/100 mm) and all of their surfaces are correspondingly smooth
  • On the other hand, the moulds contain not only all of the details of the tread pattern with countless sipes, but also all of the markings and a large number of vent holes. All of this retains the tyre when it is being removed from the mould.
  • The tyre can then only be taken out of the heating mould easily and without deforming if it does not stick to the mould. Therefore, tyres are sprayed on the outside with a silicone-like release agent.
  • It is usual to remove these from the tread by running in on dry roads and at the same time abrading the tread, taking care to avoid sharp cornering and extreme braking manoeuvres. Only after undergoing this type of running-in procedure does a new tyre attain its intended level of performance and its full gripping power.
  • This also explains why new mud and snow tyres must be fitted before the first snowfall, in order to abrade the surface of the tread.
  • If tyres have been changed to new wide tyres, cautious running in is doubly important as this also provides the added opportunity of acclimatising to the different handling on wide tyres.


For many people, cars are essential for everyday life. Whether you’re a student driving to uni, a business person travelling for work or a commercial truck driver, road safety starts with good quality tyres. The fact is, your tyres are the only connection between your car and the road. Considering that the contact area is no bigger than the palm of your hand, looking after your tyres should be a top priority.

There is a lot more to your tyres than just rubber and we believe that knowing your tyres is essential. This entails how a tyre is made, why your tyres are so important to the safety and performance of your vehicle and the benefits of choosing premium car tyres. While we may drive on them every day, we often forget just how important they are. Let’s recap what the FOUR vital functions of tyres are:

  • They provide grip for braking and acceleration
  • Responsible for steering and directional control
  • Support the weight of the entire vehicle, its occupants and any additional load
  • Tyres also act as shock absorbers for vibrations from the road

If your car tyres are worn or damaged in any way, it affects braking, acceleration, traction, handling, steering and comfort. Not even the most expensive cars will grip the road without the right tyres. Choosing the right ones with optimal tread depth and grip can keep you safe while improving overall driving performance. Always make sure that your tyres reflect your personal style and driving preferences.

In addition to worn tyres resulting in a failed MOT, they are also incredibly dangerous to you, your family and fellow road users. At Elite Garages, we offer professional advice, exceptional service and trusted expertise when it comes to car tyres. We operate from 13 locations across the South East . With over 50 years in the business, we know that peace of mind is high on your list of requirements.

Good quality car tyres make all the difference on the road and Elite Garages are here to help you. Take some time to browse our range of tyres for all car manufacturers and book your car tyres today. Please let us know if you need any assistance in finding the right ones for your vehicle.

Quality Tyres

Don’t compromise on your choice of local tyres as it will cost you more in the end. Invest in high performance tyres designed to last longer and help improve fuel efficiency. The right tyres, coupled with a good driving style, will maximise vehicle safety and subsequently make a difference to your budget. Looking after your tyres is important as they will save you in the long-term.
Visit Elite Garages to book your fitting with our skilled tyre technicians while you wait.

We offer a FREE tyre check that includes tread depth, tyre pressure and any visible signs of wear.

Most tyres will perform well in most situations but difficult conditions will quickly reveal weaknesses. You should always choose performance tyres that provide the best possible driving experience in the worst types of weather or roads. The differences can be substantial which is why it’s important to remember that not all tyres are made equal.

Elite Garages should be your first port of call to ensure that your vehicle is ready for anything. With over 80 000 tyres in stock across the company, trust us to take care of you and source local tyres at online prices. We provide all-round dealership quality with competitive prices and no hidden costs. All our prices are fully fitted which include new valves, wheel balancing and disposal of your old tyre.

Elite Garages offer great tyre deals and valuable advice from skilled tyre experts. Some of the leading brands you will find at Elite Garages include Avon, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, Goodyear, Hankook, Michelin and Pirelli among others. We offer mid-range and budget car tyres for all vehicle types ranging from passenger, 4×4 and SUV to commercial vehicles.

Our staff are professional, friendly and trained to assist with any tyre questions and queries you may have. Regardless of the branch you visit, we make a promise to complete the job at hand to the best possible specifications. Every job is done correctly the first time and we always aim to offer professional and practical recommendations wherever we can. Our skilled tyre technicians and trained staff will do whatever it takes to understand the requirements of every customer before offering an honest and straightforward solution.

Find your nearest branch to get your car expertly fitted with new car tyres. Remember to ask about our free tyre check and for added value, we also offer free vehicle safety assessments. While we are industry leaders in car tyres and fitment, we are also known for expert workmanship and exceptional service. This extends to batteries, shocks, brakes, exhausts, MOT, servicing and air conditioning. Always put safety first and get started today with Elite Garages.

4X4 Tyres

Taking the road less travelled is all about adventure, excitement and a challenge many of us are after. But the one thing you should never compromise on when going off-road is good quality, durable 4×4 tyres. Any minor damage to a tyre could have disastrous consequences especially on a long trip in challenging road and weather conditions. That is why Elite Garages should be your first port of call as we provide a free tyre check to help keep you and your loved ones safe on every journey.

Elite Garages knowledge and skill has meant we have been nominated by Pirelli as 4×4 specialised centres. From supporting the driving habits of smaller crossovers and compact SUV’s, to sports trucks and extreme off-roading, we have the right Pirelli tyres for every occasion. In fact, Elite Garages offer tyres for all car manufacturers where local tyres are available at online prices. If that doesn’t tweak your tread or burn your rubber, you should know that our prices are fully fitted which include valve, wheel balance and disposal of your old tyre.

Book a same-day fitting at any of our 13 branches in the South East and trust us to take care of you. Our skilled tyre technicians are among the best of the best and will expertly fit your 4×4 tyres while you wait. We strongly believe in quality products, superior workmanship and exceptional customer service. With that in mind, our staff are well-trained and knowledgeable, ready to offer advice on your 4×4 tyres should you need it.

Here are three frequently asked questions and answers about 4×4 tyres that you might find particularly useful.

Do my driving habits affect the lifespan of my tyres?

They most certainly do, especially bad driving habits. Avoid speeding as it generates more heat, leading to tyre wear and reducing durability. Don’t drive on or over pavements, potholes or other obstacles.

Should I fit winter tyres on my car?

You should keep a spare set of wheels fitted with winter tyres at home throughout the year. This allows you to quickly switch to winter driving while at home. While that is an option, we recommend that you visit any of our branches to let the experts help you – changing tyres may put stress on a wheel which could wear it out.

What is the difference between Retreaded and Remoulded Tyres?

With retreaded tyres, a tread is simply glued or bonded onto an old tyre after removing the old tread. This can be dangerous for the vehicle, driver and passers-by as it will eventually separate and fall off, possibly causing loss of control and veering off the road.

Remoulded tyres, on the other hand, are made using the same manufacturing process as producing new tyres. The tread is not just glued on but rather moulded to a proven casing at high temperatures and pressure. While many argue that remoulded tyres are better than ‘retreads’, the safest bet is having new tyres fitted.

Elite Garages have over three generations of industry experience and a real commitment to quality, performance and customer satisfaction. Why go anywhere else for your local tyres? Call us now for more information on 4×4 tyres or to book a fitting at your nearest branch. Alternatively, please fill in the form and we’ll call you back.

Replacing your van tyres can often be a daunting task with the sheer number of local tyres on offer. Whilst some van tyres are designed to improve fuel efficiency or ride comfort, others are purely intended to carry heavy loads.

More often than not, van tyres are put to the test with stop and start journeys in busy city centres or rural locations with varying conditions. Bumpy roads, speed bumps, driving over or parking on pavements all play a part. Van tyres are usually reinforced with strengthened sidewalls to transport heavier loads over longer distances. Knowing how to identify van tyres is also of the utmost importance when buying commercial tyres. You will notice the writing on the tyre sidewall that includes XL (extra load) and RF (reinforced) to inform the driver of additional weight capabilities.

Regardless of your van’s purpose, it is essential that you know which tyres are best suited for your driving requirements. The choice of your tyre will largely depend on several factors that could impact your buying decision. Some of these factors include:

  • How and what you typically use your van for
  • The average payload
  • How far you usually travel
  • How often you drive on uneven or unpaved roads
  • What level of comfort you prefer

Choosing the right van tyres can increase fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and improve safety and handling. If you don’t take care of your tyres, it will cost you in the long-term and risk the safety of you, your cargo and other road users.

Changing van tyres also means considering tyre load rating. Heavy loads place a greater demand on your tyres so you have to get the specifications just right. Tyres without reinforcement could heat to an unsafe temperature and become more susceptible to damage or total failure. Tyres carry the van’s weight along with the cargo so you should never choose a lower load rated tyre without talking to the tyre experts first.

While tyre pressure is important for all vehicle types, it becomes a critical safety check for van tyres. Tyre pressure varies depending on the payload and using the incorrect tyre pressure will result in faster wear and an increased safety risk. We always recommend that you check the tyre pressure while the van tyres are cold as it gives a much more accurate reading. You should also check your van tyres for any physical damage, punctures and tread depth at least twice a month.

Whether you’re looking for premium van tyres, mid-range van tyres or budget van tyres, you can get advice from our team of tyre experts. At Elite Garages, we stock a large range of van tyres for single vehicles or larger fleets. We also offer same day fitting to accommodate your busy work and life schedule.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will give you the advice you need to help find the best van tyres for your light commercial vehicle. Call us now to book a free tyre check or reserve your tyres online. You can also fill in the call-back form and one of our expert tyre technicians will be in touch.

Research and development – Bridgestone are global leaders in developing new technologies for road tyres. With over 14 years experience at the forefront of Formula 1™ they invest over £300 million a year on research and development.

Added safety – Enhanced braking, better steering control and improved wet grip gives an all-round safer driving experience.

Performance – Bridgestone work closely with vehicle manufacturers and are specified as original equipment in the widest range of makes and models. Fitting our tyres will ensure best compatibility and performance.

Extra fuel saving – Premium tyres can reduce rolling resistance, saving you money and helping to protect the environment.

Value and total satisfaction – Longer lasting and slower wear rates ensure better value for money. Bridgestone gives total satisfaction when it comes to noise, comfort, ride, handling and steering response.

Run Flat tyres

There is nothing fun about changing a tyre on the side of the road with traffic speeding past and rain pelting down. It gets even worse if you still have to drop the kids off at school, be at a meeting or a job interview you cannot afford to miss. Even if your tyres are in perfect condition, punctures can happenanywhere, anytime without advance warning. This is where run flat tyres from Elite Garages can make all the difference.

Run flat tyres are a pneumatic vehicle tyre designed to resist the effects of deflation when punctured and enables the vehicle to continue driving at reduced speeds. The tyres temporarily maintain their shape and strength even if there is a total loss of tyre pressure. They allow you to drive for 50 miles at 50mph so that you can safely get home or to the nearest garage. Run flat tyres give you the peace of mind knowing that you won’t be left stranded. If you consider convenience and safety as paramount, it is certainly worth the investment.

Did you know that the origins of commercial self-supporting run flat tyres started back in 1935? It was initially a tyre with a safety rim inside that would run on a special foam lining if punctured. These tyres were advertised as protection against blowouts which was a common and dangerous occurrence in the 1930’s. They were also marketed as “semi-bullet proof” which is why these run flat tyres were primarily used in military and specialised vehicles such as bank armoured cars. While the tyres performed as advertised, they were too expensive to be considered feasible for most private vehicle owners.

We’ve come a long way since Michelin first introduced the 1930’s version of run flat tyres. They are much more affordable and the improved design can keep you going against all odds and are now more common on light trucks and passenger vehicles.

Elite Garages can supply you with premium run flat tyres at competitive prices and same day fitting while you wait. Our professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff can give you all the advice you need for your car. Call us now to book a free tyre check and get advice from our team of tyre experts.

We stock a large selection of run flat tyres, including budget and premium brands, from all major manufacturers. But, as with regular tyres, we recommend that the best run flat tyres are those from brands you are most familiar with. Brands like Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook Michelin, Pirelli and Yokohama invest heavily in the research and development of new run flat tyres. Their primary objective is to ensure that their run flat tyre technologies provide maximum safety without compromising on performance or control.

Each manufacturer has a different symbol to represent their tyre with run-flat technology. You can find these symbols on the sidewall of the tyre straight after the tyre size. Not only do these symbols indicate the brand, they also help you distinguish between run flat tyres and standard ones.

Bridgestone – ROF,RFT,RSC
Continental – SSR
Dunlop – DSST, ROF, EMT
Goodyear – ROF, EMT
Hankook – HR5, B
Michelin – ZP
Pirelli – RSC
Yokohama – ZP5

Remember that run flat tyres are not indestructible and you still need to take care of them. If you get a puncture and continue driving without getting them checked or replaced, your wheels may become damaged in the process. This is especially important if the puncture is in the sidewall or at the edge of the tyre tread. Even though the sidewalls of run flat tyres are reinforced, the materials used during construction are mostly the same as regular tyres. This means they will also wear at a similar rate than standard local tyres and you should check them regularly for tread wear and overall condition.

The only downside to run flat tyres getting a puncture is that they should be replaced rather than repaired. It is too difficult to accurately determine whether or not the structure of the tyre wall has been damaged. There is also no way of knowing whether the tyres were driven in excess of the recommended speed and distance. As a result, the tyres may have been weakened and are no longer safe to use.

If your vehicle was manufactured and sold with conventional tyres, we would advise against fitting run flat tyres. All vehicles sold with run flat tyres require a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) which alerts the driver when the tyres are punctured or in the event of a sudden drop in tyre pressure. Without TPMS, drivers would continue driving, oblivious to the fact that there might be an issue with their tyres. Fitting run flat tyres in this instance presents a serious safety risk.

Why should cars with run flat tyres not use standard tyres? The answer is quite simple actually. Many car manufacturers fitting run flat tyres to their vehicles no longer provide a spare tyre or the tools to change it. As a result, if you switch to standard tyres, you may not be able to replace it on the side of the road when damage or a puncture occur.

If your run flat tyres are punctured or damaged in any way, we would advise driving to your nearest Elite branch and replace it as soon as possible. The good news is that with 13 branches across the South and South East, you are never too far from one of our centres. We have skilled tyre technicians who can check your run flat tyres and replace them if necessary while you wait.

Reserve your tyres online or fill in the call back and a member of our team will be in touch.

With some winter months often dropping below freezing, you might want to consider winter tyres. Driving in adverse conditions is possibly one of the most difficult and dangerous tasks drivers face. In parts of Europe, it’s common or sometimes even a legal requirement to have a set of summer and winter tyres.

The main difference between normal summer tyres and winter tyres is quite simple. Summer tyres work well in dry conditions but stiffen up when it is cold. Winter tyres consist of a special rubber with a high silica content and a deeper tread pattern designed to remain flexible in low temperatures. This means that your vehicle offers better grip for braking and handling on snow, ice and wet roads in conditions below 7°C. They are also specially designed to perform better with frost, slush and mud.

Winter tyres are essential in areas where heavy rain, snow and ice occur regularly or if you are travelling to parts of Europe with such weather conditions. If you travel extensively for work, we recommend winter tyres or at least all-season tyres for added safety.

While winter tyres are not compulsory in the UK at the moment, you should always consider how often you drive in hazardous conditions. Even though many areas only rarely experience the sort of weather that justifies spending the extra money, safety should always come first. Not only do you have to regularly clear snow from your car and drive slower on ungritted roads, you also face the risk of skidding on black ice. It really makes you wonder if winter tyres could be the solution to all your winter driving problems while providing much-needed peace of mind.

All-season tyres, on the other hand, use a similar compound to winter tyres but with a different tread pattern. If you don’t want to swap between the two, all season tyres are better than summer tyres in wetter weather but not as good as winter tyres in slush, frost or mud. But before you decide, all season tyres are easy to drive thanks to stable cornering and good traction in wet and dry conditions. Specially designed blocks ensure that more water is shifted which ultimately reduces the risk of hydroplaning and losing control. The high-density grooves are effective at helping the tread to grip the road surface in freezing conditions.

However as impressive as these all-season tyres are, they don’t all perform equally. If you want to use specialist tyres for winter, you should have two sets to maximise driving performance and safety in all conditions. If you’re looking to buy winter tyres, you can identify them through symbols represented by a snowflake or snow-capped mountains. They are also known as cold weather tyres.

At Elite Garages you will find quality local tyres, winter tyres and all-season tyres for most vehicle makes and models. Our knowledgeable staff will give you the advice you need to improve your winter driving experience and help you find the right tyre for your car. Call us now to book a free tyre check or reserve your tyres online. You can also fill in the callback form and one of our expert tyre technicians will be in touch.

Caravan Tyres

Planning a holiday should be exciting without even thinking about your caravan tyres failing you. Unless you want to spend hours on the side of the road changing tyres or waiting for assistance, be sure to check your caravan or motorhome tyres properly before embarking on your journey.

Whether you use your caravan or motorhome every weekend or once a year, your tyres need to be safe. At Elite Garages we have skilled technicians who can check your tyres at any of our centres in the South East. We offer a free tyre check while you wait and provide the right solutions if necessary. This includes checking tread depth, tyre pressure and visible signs of damage.

If you need to replace your caravan tyres, Elite Garages offer a wide selection of affordable, quality stock. Find your nearest branch to get your tyres expertly fitted and the good news is that, with 13 branches across the South East, you are never too far from one of our centres.

For incredible prices on caravan and motorhome tyres from quality manufacturers, call, email or visit one of our centres. Book your caravan tyres with wheel balancing and experience the peace of mind that Elite Garages have to offer.

We have over 50 years of industry experience in terms of tyres, vehicle safety, brakes, shocks, servicing, MOTs and more. Trust us to help you stay safe while on holiday, knowing that your caravan tyres are in excellent condition. Every safe journey starts with a visit to Elite Garages! Enquire in-store or online today.

Our weather can be very unpredictable, and if the past few years are anything to go by Winters are getting worse. To prepare you for Winter driving, follow Bridgestone’s safety tips:

Be prepared – Carry extra clothing, blankets, tow rope, mobile phone and torch in case of breakdown.

Check your car – Clean lights, top up your screen wash and check antifreeze levels.

Check your tyres – The greater the tread depth, the safer. Correct pressures are also vital for grip. At least 4mm of tread is recommended as minimum in Winter*.

Clear vision – Remove ice/snow and wait for windows to clear before setting off.

Take your time – Going too fast in poor weather or road conditions is one of the main causes of fatal accidents**. Stopping distances are doubled on wet roads and up to 10 times longer in snow or ice*.

Don’t drive through flood water – But if you have to, check its depth, drive slowly in first or second gear keeping the revs high to prevent stalling. Check your brakes afterwards before resuming speed and use gentle short braking actions to help dry them.

Skids – Skids can occur when the tyre tread is poor or the tyre is moving too fast to flush water from the road beneath it, rising up on the film of water without being able to grip. Ease off power. Always use gentle manoeuvres and a steady speed. Apply the brakes gently.

Fog – Remember that fog can also make roads wet, slippery or icy.