1. Types of tyres
There are two main types of tyres that a UK driver might consider using on the road: summer tyres, winter tyres.
a. What are summer tyres?
Summer tyres are what the majority of drivers will think of as a “normal” tyre. They deliver the best driving performance above 7°c on both wet and dry roads. Their compounds and tread design enable good grip, traction and handling in warmer conditions, whilst providing higher levels of longevity, fuel efficiency and comfort.
b. What are winter tyres?
The tread compound in winter tyres contains more natural rubber to minimise the hardening effect on the tyre, which gives them extra grip in cold, wet and icy conditions. Winter tyres are designed to remain flexible in cold temperatures and reduce stopping distances in weather conditions below 7°c. The winter tyres differ from summer tyres through sophisticated tread patterns that grip snowy roads and icy surfaces more effectively.
2. How to check tyre tread?
The legal minimum tyre tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm. You can use a purpose made tool called a tyre tread depth gauge to measure the depth.
3. How to check tyre pressure?
Maintaining the correct tyre pressure will help to extend their life and stop extra fuel waste. You can find the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle printed either in the sill of the driver’s door, the inside of the fuel tank flap or printed in your vehicle manual.
You can check tyre pressure at home with a tyre pressure gauge, or using the air pumps at most petrol stations. It is particularly important to check tyre pressure when your tyres are cold.
New Mercedes-Benz vehicles are fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System that will alert you on your dashboard if the pressure drops.