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  • Everything you need Everything you need to know about tyres.to know about tyres.Tips and advice on staying safe.Tips and advice on staying safe.

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  • Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Tyres from Continental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Tyres from Continental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Tyre maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Tyre maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Tyre damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Tyre damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    Overstressing of tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Overstressing of tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    Tyre pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Tyre pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Tread depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Tread depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Braking distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Braking distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    A professional check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10A professional check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

    Replacement of tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Replacement of tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

    Used tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Used tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

    Tyre age and service life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Tyre age and service life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    Cold weather tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Cold weather tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

    SSR tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    ContiComfortKit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

    Tyre code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    ContentsContents

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  • Car tyres are often seen as a more or less inconsequential part of the vehicle. Car tyres are often seen as a more or less inconsequential part of the vehicle.

    This could not be further from the truth. Tyres are the only contact the vehicle This could not be further from the truth. Tyres are the only contact the vehicle

    has with the road.has with the road.

    In this leaflIn this leafl et we invite you to discover what tyres really are a crucial, high- et we invite you to discover what tyres really are a crucial, high-

    quality, expertly-engineered chassis component specially tailored to mod-quality, expertly-engineered chassis component specially tailored to mod-

    ern, high-speed cars. Not only do they have to match a variety of different ern, high-speed cars. Not only do they have to match a variety of different

    suspension systems and respond accurately to steering commands, they suspension systems and respond accurately to steering commands, they

    need to roll smoothly and be durable. Above all, for vehicles to remain safely need to roll smoothly and be durable. Above all, for vehicles to remain safely

    and securely on the road, tyres need to be able to cope with the forces ex-and securely on the road, tyres need to be able to cope with the forces ex-

    erted on them when braking, accelerating or cornering. This is particularly erted on them when braking, accelerating or cornering. This is particularly

    important when the road is wet and slippery, or covered in snow or ice. So, important when the road is wet and slippery, or covered in snow or ice. So,

    with your safety in mind, here are some tips and advice to help you take care with your safety in mind, here are some tips and advice to help you take care

    of your tyres.

    The most important part of your The most important part of your car is not the engine.car is not the engine.

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  • Apart from setting new standards in handling and driving comfort, Apart from setting new standards in handling and driving comfort,

    Continental tyres offer drivers considerable safety, thanks to cutting-edge Continental tyres offer drivers considerable safety, thanks to cutting-edge

    technology. They ensure optimum transfer of power even in the most varied technology. They ensure optimum transfer of power even in the most varied

    weather conditions, maximum steering precision and exceptional contact weather conditions, maximum steering precision and exceptional contact

    between the tyre and the road.between the tyre and the road.

    What makes all this possible? Decades of experience, close partnerships What makes all this possible? Decades of experience, close partnerships

    with the automotive industry, state-of-the-art production systems, a highly with the automotive industry, state-of-the-art production systems, a highly

    skilled workforce and our speed to market. All this has enabled us in pre-skilled workforce and our speed to market. All this has enabled us in pre-

    vious years to uncover new potential, drastically shorten braking distances vious years to uncover new potential, drastically shorten braking distances

    and further reduce the risks of aquaplaning.and further reduce the risks of aquaplaning.

    The result: one of the safest tyres on the road today.The result: one of the safest tyres on the road today.

    Uncompromising safety:Uncompromising safety:tyres from Continental.tyres from Continental.

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  • Continental tyres are high-tech products, fiContinental tyres are high-tech products, fi nely tuned to modern day driving. nely tuned to modern day driving.

    Maintain your tyres properly and they will deliver excellent service.Maintain your tyres properly and they will deliver excellent service.

    As with all complex technical products, you should handle your tyres care-As with all complex technical products, you should handle your tyres care-

    fully. This way you can rely on optimum driving comfort and performance fully. This way you can rely on optimum driving comfort and performance

    throughout the tyres service life.throughout the tyres service life.

    Useful tips for looking after and Useful tips for looking after and maintaining your tyres.maintaining your tyres.

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    We recommend:We recommend:

    Inspect your tyres and check their pressure (including the spare) every two Inspect your tyres and check their pressure (including the spare) every two

    weeks. If tyre damage is suspected or found, have the tyre inspected imme-

    diately by your local tyre specialist.diately by your local tyre specialist.

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  • Tyres can become damaged Tyres can become damaged

    without the drivers know-without the drivers know-

    ledge. If you do discover or ledge. If you do discover or

    suspect damage, have the suspect damage, have the

    tyre inspected without de-tyre inspected without de-

    lay by a tyre specialist.lay by a tyre specialist.

    Avoid damage.Avoid damage.

    Overstressing of tyres (excessive speed or overloading) is to be avoided. Overstressing of tyres (excessive speed or overloading) is to be avoided.

    This has the same critical effect as under-inflThis has the same critical effect as under-infl ation and can cause irreparable ation and can cause irreparable

    damage to the tyre.damage to the tyre.

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    If you have to drive over an obstacle, approach it slowly as straight on If you have to drive over an obstacle, approach it slowly as straight on

    as possible. Check your tyres regularly for exterior damage such as cuts, as possible. Check your tyres regularly for exterior damage such as cuts,

    cracks or bulges.cracks or bulges.

    We recommend:We recommend:

    Avoid overloading your vehicle. If you intend to drive under full-load/high- Avoid overloading your vehicle. If you intend to drive under full-load/high-

    speed conditions adjust your tyre pressures according to the vehicle speed conditions adjust your tyre pressures according to the vehicle

    manufacturers recommendations.manufacturers recommendations.

    We recommend:We recommend:

    Do not overstress your tyres.Do not overstress your tyres.

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