2 May 2018
A SET FOR $800,000, HIDDEN CODES, AND ANTI-AGING REMEDIES: THE SECRET LIFE OF TYRES.
They all have special codes.
Kind of like an episode of Netflix where all the characters have identification chips, every tyre has a secret code. Though unlike a dystopian future, tyre codes are there to help you know which kind you need. Imprinted on the sidewall of the tyre, the code will look something like 205/50R16. This stands for the width of the tyre (205), the sidewall (i50) and the rim size (16). If you are purchasing an odd amount of tyres (like 1 or 3) you will also need the load and speed rating (i.e. 98V) and finally, check if it is a run flat or specialist fitment for your type of car (i.e. MO for Mercedes).
They rub out
Just like the name rubber implies, tyres actually rub out. Just like removing pencil lead from paper with an eraser, the tyres rub off on the road with each drive. In New Zealand, it is against the law to have a tyre with less than 1.5mm of tread. To put it simply, the height of the pattern on your tyre has to be more than 1.5mm. It seems like a little, but that 1.5mm could mean the difference between you being able to steer or brake safely.
There was a set worth more than $800,000
The most expensive set of tyres was made by a company in Dubai, encrusted with diamonds and gold - and cost a cool USD$600,000 (NZD$810,000).
Second-hand tyres can be second rate
Cutely labelled, “part worn”, second hand tyres are definitely not cute. In fact, a recent TyreSafe investigation found that 98% of part worn tyres were illegal; 16% contained dangerous or unsafe repairs; and 18% contained other potentially lethal forms of damage or non-compliance. Scary.
Anti-age your tyre (no superfoods required)
You can extend the life of your tyre - without having to feed it organic, sprouted, raw food or massaging it in coconut oil each day. That’s right, all you need to do is make sure your tyre pressure is spot on. Tyre experts say the number one cause of tyres wearing out before their time is driving around with too little air inside. Check your car’s manual for the correct tyre pressure and top up at the petrol station every couple of weeks (for free!)
Check the front left
Not only the best place to dance at a gig, front left is actually the tyre that usually wears out first. Weird, we know. Apparently front tyres work harder than those at the rear because the front is heavier and it is where the steering is. This adds extra friction, and so does the tight radius on the front left wheel (the front right radius is not so tight).
You don’t have to be present to get new tyres
It might sound weird, but you can actually just click a few boxes online and a tyre fitter will come to your car, change your tyres, take away the old ones and dah-daah - brand spanking new tread. Simply go to Easytyre and follow the easy-peasy steps.