Škoda Tyre Shield
Škoda Tyre Shield
Wheels and Tyres

Your tyres are your only contact with the road. Unpack what exactly goes into your tyres here at Škoda.

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What do the numbers on my tyres mean? In addition to the manufacturer and product name, you will find a lot of important tyre information, such as the type of tyre, rim diameter and maximum speed on your tyres.

Tyre Width in Millimeter
Height-width ratio
Tyre Design
Rim diameter in inches
Load Index
Speed Index
Date of Manufacture

It is measured from the sidewall to the sidewall of your tyre. Car tyres are between 125 and 335 mm wide.

Tread depth and braking distance

Adequate tread depth is essential to your safety as the tyre tread helps to remove water from the road surface allowing your tyre to grip the road. As your tyre tread depth wears down, its ability to remove water and grip in the wet is reduced, compromising your safety.

The recommended minimum tread depth for a car tyre is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.

We'll gladly check your tyres tread depth, but if you'd like to do it yourself all you need is 20 cents.

Checking that your tyres comply with the minimum tread depth regulations is easy and should be carried out on a regular basis, we recommend once a month. The most accurate method is to use a calibrated tread depth gauge, checking the depth in at least three points around the tyre.

If you don't have a calibrated tread depth gauge, a quick and easy way to check is by using a 20 cents coin. Simply place the coin into the main tread of your tyre. If the marked rim of the coin doesn't totally disappear into the tread, it should be checked by your authorised Volkswagen service centre.

If your tyres need to be replaced, we have selection of tyre brands at competitive prices.

Tyre damage

Damages to the tyre put your safety and the safety of fellow road users at risk.

Abrasion points
Embedded foreign objects
Cracks, ruptures and porous areas

Abrasion points are generally found on the tyre sidewall. These are not wear-and- tear marks caused by simple road use - they are the result of e.g. bumping the kerb. Abrasion points are often dismissed as harmless damages. But: even the vehicle carcass can be damaged by a strong collision. Damages to the carcass are not immediately visible from the outside - making them particularly dangerous. The carcass may break or moisture may seep into the vehicle interior, leading to corrosion of the metal mesh. So, a seemingly harmless abrasion point may lead to the entire tyre becoming unstable. A tyre expert can recognise the pattern of damages - so get in touch with your professional workshop straight away.

Tip: Do your rims bear clear traces of an impact? Then your tyres might also be affected.

Abnormal tyre wear

If the wear pattern of your car tyre is unevenly distributed over the entire tread, then you should be aware: You can find out which irregular wear patterns you have to deal with here.

Sawtooth formation
Abrasion mainly in the middle of the tread
Abrasion mainly on the tyre shoulders
Brake or stand plates
Severe abrasion from just one tyre shoulder

Features: Irregular wear on the tyre shoulder in the shape of a sawtooth, louder rolling noise.

Possible causes: Defective shock absorbers, misaligned axle geometry, sporty or over-cautious driving style.

Consequences: Faster usability, more frequent tire changes and the associated additional costs.

There are many layers hidden inside your car tyre

Every tyre is made up of a contact surface and a tyre substructure

Contact surface and tyre substructure (carcass)

1. Tread - for an effective grip on the road and for taking up and draining water 2. Jointless bandage - enables high speeds 3. Steel cord belts layers - optimise driving stability and rolling resistance 4. Textile cord insert - maintains the shape of the tyre, even at high interior pressure 5. Inner liner - renders the tyre airtight 6. Side wall - protects against lateral damages 7. Apex - supports driving stability and steering behaviour and comfort response 8. Steel core - ensures a firm fit to the rim 9. Tyre bead reinforcement - supports driving stability and precise steering behaviour

How to increase tyre service life

A tyre’s maximum service life is six years – that’s assuming that they’re not damaged, the tread hasn’t been worn down earlier. The DOT number on your tyres will provide information about their age. Here are a few tips for a long tyre service life

Avoid hot tyres

Avoid racing starts and do not drive with hot tyres.

Stay away from the kerb

Do not hit the kerb when parking: It may damage the rubber outer layer and the inner structure of your tyres.

Correct air pressure

Lower pressure - higher degree of wear. Check your tyre pressure on a regular basis and increase it if you are driving with a heavy load. But be careful: Too high a pressure can also be damaging.

Regular checks

Measure the tread depth on a regular basis and check your tyres for damages and deformations.