Your tyres travel, on average, once around the globe and are your contact with the road. They are made of over 200 materials, including steel and artificial silk. And if they have the right pressure, they even save you money. Interested in more fascinating knowledge and helpful tips? You can find them here.
Safety, comfort, environmental friendliness, fuel consumption – all that depends on your tyres. The EU Tyre Label tells you in simple symbols what properties a model has.
It has been applicable since 1 November 2012 and has been mandatory for all brand-new tyres since 1 July 2012.
You will find what your correct tyre pressure is in your Owner’s Manual and on your fuel tank cap. Depending on load, it may vary by up to 1 bar.
If pressure is too high, power transmission is optimal only in the centre of the tyre, which means less driving comfort, the tread wears down unevenly and your tyres do not last as long.
Tyre pressure gauges can usually be found at any filling station. Since November 2014, all passenger car and SUV models have also been equipped with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Check the pressure when the tyres are cold, where possible, and do not reduce it when the tyres are warm.
A tyre loses about 0.1 bar in three months, on average. If the pressure falls rapidly, it or the valve may have a leak. Keep an eye on it. If you have any doubts, head off to your Volkswagen Partner.
An underinflated tyre will quickly cause tyre damage – the reason for around 40 % of all accidents involving personal injury. That is why we have been equipping all Volkswagen Passenger Car and SUV models with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System since November 2014.
A tyre’s inflation pressure has reduced considerably or a tyre has structural damage. Drive more slowly, avoid heavy steering and braking manoeuvres and check your tyres as quickly as possible. Is everything OK, but the light still illuminated? Have the system checked by your Volkswagen Partner.
Already with 4 mm too little tread, your tyre has much less adhesion on a wet road. Reason: The tread no longer dissipates the water correctly. Your tyre loses contact with the road surface. We therefore recommend 3 mm for summer tyres and 4 mm for winter tyres. Do your tyres have less tread? Don't take a risk - have new tyres fitted.
Braking distance at 50 km/h until the vehicle comes to a standstill.
In most European countries, a minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm is compulsory. We recommend 3 mm for summer tyres and 4 mm for winter tyres. The more tread your tyres have, the better they are able to dissipate water and protect you against aquaplaning.
1. Tread – for good road grip and for absorbing and dissipating water.
2. Jointless bandage – enables high speeds
3. Steel cord belt layers – optimise driving stability and rolling resistance.
4. Cord body insert – for shape retention even at high levels of interior pressure.
5. Inner liner – makes the tyre air-tight.
6. Side strip – guards against lateral damage.
7. Core profile – improves driving stability, steering and comfort response.
8. Steel core – ensures firm grip on the rim.
9. Bead reinforcement – supports driving stability and precise steering response.