Motorists who chose low-profile tyres need to be aware that they make the tyres and wheels more susceptible to damage, according to a Sunday Times reader.
In a letter to the ingear motoring supplement published last Sunday, Dr John Myatt, from Denchworth, Oxfordshire, wrote: “The reply to the query about the merits/demerits of low-profile tyres (Car Clinic, last week) made no mention of how they make tyres and wheels far more susceptible to damage, both minor (scraped alloys) and major (destroyed tyres) from kerbs and potholes.
“With 19in wheels on my Jaguar XF, I “wrote off” two barely worn tyres when on each occasion the rim sliced a 4in lump out of the surface of the side wall In neither case did the tyres deflate but they had to be replaced at £190 each time.”
Low-profile tyres – tyres with shallow sidewalls – are commonly fitted to high-performance or sporty cars. Typically, an average family car will have 65-profile tyres, which means the sidewall height is 65% of the tread width. Performance cars can be found running on 50-, 45- and even 35-profile tyres. These will give extra grip, but reduce ride comfort.
Denna Bowman, Head Office