Made of a mixture of rubber, chemicals, fabric and metal, their job is to give the car traction on the road in a variety of conditions, and to cushion the car from shock.
Information on the recommended pressure, rim size and load capacity can be found in your vehicle handbook and sometimes on the inside sill of the driver’s door.
The part of the tyre that comes into contact with the road.
Tread wear indicator
Narrow bands in the tread grooves that provide a visual warning as to when a tyre needs changing, since they can only be seen if the tread has worn below the 1.6mm threshold.
Tread width is the portion of the tyre's width that is covered by a tread pattern.