Revealed: 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Car Tyres

Tyres aren’t exactly the most exciting automotive subject to talk about. At least, it isn’t unless you’re talking about some new tech development! Those four black rubber circles that wrap around your wheels only serve one purpose. And that is to keep you safe on the road.

They don’t offer any particular aesthetic value to your pride and joy. So, why am I talking about tyres with you today? Well, it’s likely you’re curious to learn more about them. Sure, you have some idea of how they get constructed by the likes of Pirelli and Goodyear. But, what unusual facts do you know about tyres?

Chances are, the answer is you don’t know any! If you want to increase your tyre knowledge, you’ve come to the right place! The following are nine top tyre facts you probably never knew:

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  1. Air-filled tyres date back to 1845

Our cars use air-filled rubber tyres. You might think this is something only invented a few decades ago. But, what you might not know is that our modern car tyres are all based on a 171-year-old concept!

In 1845, the air-filled rubber tyre first got invented by RW Thomson. The design got refined and made popular by John Boyd Dunlop in 1888.

  1. Wide, chunky tyres will soon be a thing of the past

Most vehicles on the road use tyres that have wide tracks and chunky sidewalls. There is a new trend by car manufacturers to fit narrow and skinny tyres to vehicles. One notable example is the BMW i3 electric car.

Such narrow and large tyre designs are more eco-friendly than their wider cousins. Plus, they increase handling and braking performance.

  1. You can get tyres fitted at your house

One of the pet peeves many motorists have is visiting a tyre garage to have some new rubber fitted to their wheels. Why? Well, tyre garages aren’t the most appealing of places to visit.

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The good news is one can pay for a mobile tyre fitting service. In other words, someone in a van comes out and fits your tyres outside your house. They have the balancing and fitting equipment they need in their vans. Tyre fitting has joined the ranks of other mobile services like servicing and valeting.

  1. Premium tyre brands DO make a difference

Car owners will argue that all tyres do the same job and that “premium” models are just marketing ploys. The truth is, there is a big difference between them and budget brands. Why? The answer lies in the tyre’s chemical make-up.

Tyres aren’t just made of vulcanised rubber. They have special rubber compounds and other chemicals to improve grip and shelf life. Budget tyres seldom have anything extra other than what is required by law.

  1. Your car tyres dissipate static electricity

One fact few people know about is how their vehicle tyres dissipate static electricity! When you next go to your car, look at the tread on one of your tyres. Notice the straight line running down the middle of it? That’s how it gets rid of static from your car!

In effect, your tyres “ground” your car. As you can imagine, this is important when putting fuel in your vehicle!

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  1. Run-flat tyres can operate for 100 miles if punctured

Some vehicles like BMWs come with run-flat tyres as standard. As the name suggests, when there’s a loss of air pressure, you can still drive on them. They allow up to 100 miles of use when deflated so that you can get to a tyre garage for a replacement.

It’s worth noting you can also have run-flat tyres repaired in some circumstances.

  1. Spare tyres will become optional extras in the future

Car manufacturers always look for ways to save themselves money. One thing they’ve done in the past was to issue customers with tyre inflation kits. Believe it or not, they are cheaper to include than spare tyres.

In the future, car makers will only offer spare tyres as optional extras.

  1. Tyres have hundreds of chemical components

Have you ever wondered what makes up a tyre? Well, we know that they all include vulcanised rubber. But, there are over 200 different components that make up a single tyre.

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From steel to cobalt and even citrus juice, tyre firms use all kinds of ingredients!

  1. Future cars could have airless tyres

You might have seen the odd image or meme online of tyres with no air in them. They look like round accordions in some respects! But, as intriguing as they are, it’s likely they’ll get fitted to future cars as standard!

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