The tyre is the ONLY element to make contact between the vehicle and the road. That is why using and maintaining tyres correctly, as well as being aware of their characteristics, is fundamental in order to guarantee safety in any situation, to increase your tyres’ lifespan and to save money. Always remember to drive safely and respect the environment.

If you drive with tyres with a tread-depth of less than 1.6 mm, you could face a fine.

On the tyre sidewall there are several different inscriptions. As well as the name of the brand and the range, the size and characteristics of the tyres are marked: nominal width, ratio between nominal section height and nominal section width, structure or construction code, rim diameter and load and speed index.New Paragraph
The tyre pressure has a strong influence to the safety and economy of a vehicle.
Tyre pressure when cold (never try to adjust the pressure while the tyre is hot) must therefore be checked regularly (every month), especially before a long trip.
A tyre is made of rubber, steel and fibres. Steel and fibres are structural materials, the rubber has the function of protecting them against environmental influences.

The rubber itself can be damaged by chemicals or other environmental influences;

 - Sharp objects, strong impacts or other mistreatment can cause visible and invisible structural defects

 - Also tyre pressure that is too low causes structural defects

 - High temperatures and sunlight can destroy the rubber
The tread depth is a substantial safety factor. It has an important influence on the vehicle’s contact with the ground.
While braking, the Antiblock Braking System is controlling the wheel at the slip threshold and water is collected. The tyre tread becomes saturated and the braking distance increases drastically.

Braking distance in metres and remaining speed:
Hydroplaning depends on water depth, tread depth and driving speed.
In order to measure hydroplaning, a car is driven into a basin with 8 mm water and speeds up. As soon as the motor works harder without speeding up, hydroplaning starts.
The EU Regulation introduces labelling requirements which refer to the display of information on the fuel efficiency (rolling resistance), wet grip and external noise of a tyre to increase the safety and productivity of road transport. It allows end users to make a more informed choice when selecting a tyre. The Regulation requires that all tyres produced from 1st July 2012 and on sale in the EU from 1st November 2012 carry a sticker or have a label, which must be shown to the end user before purchasing.
Pirelli, in compliance with stringent quality control procedures, welcomes and fully supports the introduction of the tyre label, considering it an excellent means to offering end-users more transparency and help in obtaining information when purchasing new tyres. 

The overall value of a tyre must be measured on a full list of factors (handling both on dry and wet surfaces, aquaplaning behaviour, high speed stability, dry braking, mileage etc.) on which Pirelli tests all tyres. As the label doesn’t show certain more specific information about a particular tyre such as winter tyres and their performances, the dealers retain a crucial role in the consumers purchasing decision as they will always be the expert who can recommend the right tyre for the individual needs of each end user.
Tyres are where BTE Automotive first began. We are delighted to offer over 50 of the most popular sized tyres from our immediate stock. BTE use the latest Bosch race-spec tyre installation and wheel balancing equipment. Our trained and experienced tyre fitting technicians, are always on hand to offer free advice so you can be assured of the high quality installation service(s) we offer. We use advanced diagnostic equipment on modern day vehicles to calibrate tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).
BTE are proud to be a key dealership agent for Pirelli, Lassa, and Maxxis Tyres. All offer a fantastic range of durable, high quality, and highly developed comfort, 4x4 and road performance tyres. Lassa tyres are competitively priced and are comparable to tyre manufacturers Bridgestone, Dunlop, Firestone and Hankook. The Key dealer programme means we are able to offer a superior product at a very competitive price.
We have direct same day access to over ten thousand branded, economy and performance rated tyres for all vehicle makes and models. Our 27 year industry knowledge has provided us with the most competitive rates available. Ask about our price match service*.
Unfortunately we are unable to list all of our prices online. 

Our aim is to make purchasing the right tyre at the right price as simple as possible. Our tyre selector will guide you to the ideal tyres for your vehicle from thousands of tyres from the world's leading brands including: Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli. We have great prices on all tyres ranging from premium to budget quality and all our prices are inclusive of VAT. Simply book your tyres online to have them fitted at a time convenient to you, and let us do the rest.
Any questions, please contact us on 01420 477655

BTE Automotive are proud to offer a price match on like-for-like tyres. We require a full printed estimate for the tyres before commencing any work. We DO NOT offer a price match service on national online retailers, but will offer our very best price in all circumstances - support your local businesses.
Tyre repairs are covered by a British Standard - BSAU159f:1990 - which splits repairs into two categories - minor repairs and major repairs. The British Standard also defines limits to the location, size and number of repairs that can be carried out and makes recommendations also on the repair materials to be used.
A tyre must always be checked thoroughly before it is repaired. If the tyre displays any of the following, it should not be repaired;
Illegal tread depth (below 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre tread throughout the entire circumference)
Run flat damage - breakdown of the tyre's structural integrity
Secondary damage - caused by the injuring object
Ageing/deterioration of tyre rubber
Bead damage
Exposed cords
Faulty/poor previous repairs
Inspection is vital. If there are any doubts as to whether a tyre should be repaired or not we do not repair it.
The repairable area is defined as a percentage of the tyre's “nominal” section width and thus varies by the size of the tyre. The repairable area is based on the centre line, eg. 82mm means 41mm on either side of the centre line of the tyre.
Repairing Run Flat tyres
Runflat tyres have been specifically designed to withstand exceeded loading even when driven with little or no tyre pressure. As we are unable to accurately test the integrity of a run flat tyres structure after run flat use, for safety reasons we do not and do not reccomend puncture repairs to be carried out on run flat tyres.

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To start, we need the right tyre size for your car. Enter either your car's registration number OR your tyre size manually and we'll find the tyre size for you.

We aim to return our tyre estimates by email within the hour.

Have a question or looking for some honest advice? Get in touch, we are always here to help. 

Alternatively call our service team on 01420 477655.
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