The Watling Warriors get “Pretty Muddy”

Mud and mayhem awaited the Watling Warriors at this year’s Pretty Muddy 5K obstacle course, held at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent. Always champions of putting the fun in fundraising, Cancer Research’s annual Pretty Muddy event on Sunday 8th of July enjoyed excellent weather and a large turnout of ladies ready to defeat the course – including Watling Tyres’ very own Watling Warriors!

5K of Muddy Madness

Combining a 5K run with challenging obstacles – plus plenty of mud – the Pretty Muddy event was the ideal way to get fit, have fun and raise money. Located in the beautiful Mote Park, participants savoured the stunning Kent countryside as they embarked on their adventure that saw them scale a-frames, wade through mud pits and commando crawl under nets.

Pretty Muddy climb

Cheering on the Watling Warriors!

Here at Watling Tyres, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to send along a squad of our own – and so, the Watling Warriors was formed, made up of a team of ladies from our Head Office who were ready to get messy in the name of charity. We put in great performance, and all team members successfully defeated the course and crossed through the finish line.

Pretty Muddy slide

An Incredible £1,600 Raised

To top off a fun-filled day, the Watling Warriors’ efforts were rewarded with over £1,600 raised for Cancer Research – and counting! The money will go towards essential research and exploration of new ways to beat cancer. Overall, the day was truly memorable, with a strong feeling of esprit de corps – a big well done to the Watling Warriors!

If you would like to make a donation and contribute towards this important cause, please visit the Watling Warriors Cancer Research fundraising page here.

Watling Tyres are the number one tyre dealer for the Kent, Sussex and Surrey areas. With over 55 years’ experience, we’re dedicated to providing a comprehensive service for all our customers, along with a 24 hour emergency service – get in touch to find out more.


8 Types of Car Tyres Available – Watling Tyres

There is no single tyre to fit all purposes. In this guide, we’ll take you through the array of different tyre types available on the market, including the different tyre designs and tyres used for specific sorts of vehicle.

It is Watling Tyres policy that we will not fit part worn tyres to cars, vans or 4x4s as we cannot guarantee their integrity.

Tyre Design
Vehicle Type

Summer Tyres

Summer tyres perform best in temperatures over 7℃, and are engineered with a tread pattern that offers grip and usability for both wet and dry roads.

Winter Tyres

When chilly weather strikes, winter tyres are designed to help motorists stay safe in cold, icy conditions. The ability to cope with harsh winter conditions is thanks to the unique tread design and increased groove ratio, granting them better grip and greater flexibility.

All Season Tyres

All season, or all weather, tyres aim to achieve high performance in all weather conditions by combining the features of both summer and winter tyres. They are primarily used by motorists travelling in more moderate climates.

High Performance Tyres

High performance tyres are engineered to have a superior grip and handling at high speeds. They’re designed for motorists who are seeking a degree of sports performance from their vehicle.

Standard Tyres

Standard tyres can perform well in most conditions, but are not specialised for a particular type of weather condition – they usually have to be replaced by winter tyres in the colder months.

Touring Tyres

A touring tyre is targeting people who like to take long journeys. They aim to bring a comfortable, quiet ride to motorists, also offering all-season capabilities for wet and dry conditions.

High Speed Tyres

High speed tyres are specially designed to cope with top speeds with total ease, and are best fitted to high performance cars that regularly travel at high speeds.

Eco-Friendly Tyres

Different manufacturers have different techniques of producing eco-friendly tyres, whether that be using more sustainable materials, employing eco-friendly processes, or creating a design that improves fuel economy.

Wide / Low Profile Tyres

True to their name, wide tyres are broader than standard automobile tyres, allowing a vehicle to spread weight and load more evenly. Advantages include shorter braking distance, increased rolling resistance and an improved ability to handle greater speeds.

Simply put, low profile tyres have a shallower sidewall than standard tyres, and consequently are fitted to a wheel with a large diameter. The key advantage is to improve the aesthetic appearance of a car, as well as the handling.

XL Tyres

XL tyres are a type of reinforced tyre that can withstand a high load capacity, due to their ability to maintain a high air pressure. This makes them ideal for heavy vehicles, or those vehicles transporting heavy loads.

Run Flat

Run flat tyres are created to withstand the effects of a puncture, or a loss of air, due to its thicker walls. This enables a motorist to safely travel home or to the nearest garage with a deflated tyre.

Budget Tyres

Budget tyres are cheap options for those with a smaller budget to play with, and for those who don’t demand a high performance ability from their tyres.

Energy Saving Tyres

For the more eco-conscious driver, an energy saving tyre is optimised to reduce rolling resistance, fuel consumption, and boost the overall fuel economy of a vehicle. This has money-saving benefits for the user, and environmental benefits for the wider world.

Mud-Terrain (MT)

Mud terrain tyres are specially designed to handle off-road conditions, including mud, loose sand, or rocks. Their large tread blocks and voids enable the tyre to clear away any debris quickly, enabling it to sustain a good grip.

All-Terrain (AT)

Most commonly found on SUVs, all terrain tyres have a hardy design of wide tread depths to cope with muddy conditions, and strong sidewalls to protect against puncture.

Original Equipment (OE)

Simply put, an original equipment tyre is a way to describe the tyre that is fitted with a vehicle when it is first purchased from the manufacturer – they’re usually designed to complement the overall car design and requirements.

Motorsport Tyres

Motorsport tyres are optimised for use in motorsports, and are therefore designed to be high performance and withstand the demands of dynamic handling.

Wet Tyres

Wet tyres are engineered to perform well in wet and rainy conditions by minimising the risk of aquaplaning, thanks to specially designed grooves in the tread.

Car Tyres

Any sort of tyre that is affixed to the body of a car.

Van Tyres

Tyres that are specially designed to be affixed to van tyres; they are normally stronger and more durable than standard car tyres, and are engineered to withstand heavier loads over longer distances.

4×4 Tyres

4×4 tyres are durable options for use on all-terrain vehicles, such as SUVs. Features of 4×4 tyres include a widely-spaced tread pattern and deeper tyre grooves – this boosts the grip of the tyre on tough terrain, making it suited for off-road use.

Caravan & Motorhome Tyres

Because caravans and motorhomes remain stationary for long periods of time, the tyres need to be hard-wearing to cope with the weight of the caravan or motorhome, without losing pressure – “light commercial” tyres are normally recommended.

Motorcycle Tyres

Motorcycle tyres are manufactured in a variety of designs depending on their application, which can range from sports, off-road, or general street use. Features that can differ include tread depth, tread pattern, width, and studded or non-studded.

Trailer Tyres

Trailer tyres must adhere to the same laws as car tyres e.g. be at suitable air pressure, have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre, and without any bulges or tears.

Truck & Lorry Tyres

Truck and lorry tyres tend to be larger and sturdier than tyres found on other vehicles, and are often reinforced to allow them to serve their function of carrying heavy loads for long distances.

Tractor Tyres

Tractor tyres, also called agricultural tyres, come in a variety of sizes designs, due to the variety of tractor models available, their individual purposes, and also due to the fact that tractors often have smaller tyres in front and bigger ones at the back. They often have prominent treads, and are broad to distribute the weight more evenly.

SUV Tyres

SUV tyres come in a range of designs, makes and models, and are created for both on-road and off-road capabilities. Original equipment tyres are the best options for your vehicle, as they are specifically optimised to bring out the best in your vehicle.

Premium Car Tyres

Built from high-grade materials, premium car tyres are more durable and resistant to road-wear than standard tyres. This usually means they are safer and last longer. Other attractive features include reduced noise levels, enhanced driving comfort, and greater fuel efficiency.

Mid-Range Car Tyres

Mid-range car tyres are often created by leading manufacturers, but sold at a cheaper price. Whilst not at the same superior standards of durability and driving comfort of premium tyres, mid-range tyres are a great compromise between premium and budget tyres.

Budget Car Tyres

Budget car tyres are designed for motorists who are seeking cheap tyres to get them from A to B. The upfront costs are low, but will require replacement sooner than premium and mid-range options.

Prestige & Classic Car Tyres

Classic cars come in many shapes and sizes, which is why prestige and classic car tyres need to be a bespoke design to complement the car they are fitted to. Older cars used the old crossply tyre design, and it’s the decision of the owner as to whether they continue this for authenticity purposes or switch to radial.

Boat Trailer Tyres

Boat trailer tyres are often stationary, which leads to faster deterioration. They should therefore be checked and replaced regularly to ensure their condition is safe.

Aviation & Plane Tyres

Aviation and plane tyres must be able to withstand the heavy weight of an aircraft, and usually multiple tyres are needed to spread the heavy load equally. Their tread patterns are specially created for easy hydroplaning, and to cope with crosswinds.

Light Commercial Tyres

Light commercial vehicles include vans, minivans and small trucks, and they require specialist robust tyres to withstand whatever load they are designed to carry.

Earthmover Tyres

Earthmover tyres are large, robust tyres designed specifically for vehicles in the earthmoving industry e.g. quarries, industrial handling, mines, and other industries. They must be durable, high-performance and resistant to damage.

Buses & Coaches

Buses and coaches have broad tyres to distribute the heavy load more effectively. Safety is a big concern for buses and coaches, as they are designed to transport people – tyre brands may therefore offer reduced rolling resistance and high performance in wet or wintry conditions.

Forklift Tyres

Different types of forklifts require different types of tyres, depending on what they’re used for, the loads they carry and whether they operate indoors or outdoors. Tyre types include solid, pneumatic and cushion, and they all have slightly different treads, compounds and other features.

Tipper & Dumper

Tipper and dumper truck tyres will need to be different, as their effectiveness strongly depends on the conditions and forces the particular truck will undergo. For example, articulated tipper and dumper trucks will have tyres that flex, as this enables it to turn properly.

Tow Tractors

Tow tractor tyres are usually small in size, and often use radial technology to promote better grip and greater stability when travelling over any irregular surface.


The appropriate tyres for a horsebox should be decided with consultation from both the tyre and vehicle manufacturers – suitability of a proposed tyre needs to be discussed, as blowouts could harm the horses being transported.

Heavy Duty & Construction Tyres

Heavy duty vehicles, or construction vehicles, require tyres that are durable, sturdy and high grip to perform well in the hardy environments they operate in. Examples of heavy duty vehicles include earthmovers and forklifts.


Understanding the Tyre Load Index

Looking after your vehicle means making sure it is safe and comfortable to use. Checking the parameters of your vehicle’s tyres is an important step that shouldn’t be overlooked, and the tyre load index is just one aspect that will need to be investigated before investing in replacement tyres.

But, what is the tyre load index? And why is it important?

What is the tyre load index?

Simply put, a tyre load index describes the maximum load, or weight, that an individual tyre is able to safely carry when inflated to the safe, recommended tyre pressure. Different makes and models of tyres have different tyre load indexes, which is detailed on the sidewall – usually it is displayed as a two or three digit number that follows the numbers describing the dimensions of the tyre.

Why is the tyre load important for drivers?

Overloading tyres can be unsafe and lead to tyre damage. You must ensure that a tyre with a suitable load index is fitted to your vehicle – never affix tyres that have a lower load capacity than recommended.

Recommendations can usually be found in your vehicle handbook, which should detail the appropriate range of load indexes that any new tyres will need, in relation to your specific vehicle. Failure to heed this advice could lead to the fitting of a tyre with an incorrect load index, which could cause problems with insurance, and may even invalidate certain policies.

How to use the tyre load index

On this page, you can view our handy tyre load index chart which outlines the maximum weights attributed to each load index rating – highlighting exactly how much weight a tyre can safely carry. To calculate the total carrying capacity for your car as a whole, simply multiply the single tyre load index by four.  

Watling Tyres are the region’s premier tyre dealer and autocentre. We’ve been operating since 1962, providing a range of tyres for any purpose and any budget. With over 15 branches across Kent, Sussex and Surrey, we’re on hand to serve customers across the region – simply get in touch to arrange your servicing or MOT.


Checks to Make Before Your Car Goes for an MOT

The date of your MOT is fast approaching, so why not make sure you stand the best possible chance of passing, by performing a few key checks before the big day.


  1. Tyres and wheels

    For optimum safety, it’s important that your tyres are the correct size for your model of car. Not only this, but tyres must be in good condition with no bulges, lumps or cuts, and must also have a tread depth of 1.6mm for the entire way round – this can be checked by inserting a 20p coin into the groove, and if the edge of the coin is obscured, your tread depth is at legal levels.

  2. Lights

    All lights need to be fully operational and the correct colour, and this includes headlights, reverse lights, indicators, and parking lights. You may need to enlist the help of another person to help you test them. Giving them a thorough clean before the MOT is also wise.

  3. Wipers and windscreen

    Cast a glance over your windscreen and see if you can spot any cracks or damage – any marks or blemishes over 40mm, or over 10mm in the area the wipers cover, may result in the failure of your MOT. The wipers themselves should not be torn or damaged and should be able to fulfil their role of clearing the windows of rain.

  4. Registration plates

    The numbers on your registration plates should be easy to read and unobscured, and not loose in any way – make sure they are clean and well-fastened to the car.

  5. Doors

    Check that all car doors can open and close from inside and outside the car without hindrances, and once shut, remain firmly closed.

  6. Vehicle structure

    Take the time to walk around you car, examining the vehicle body for any signs of damage, corrosion or sharp edges. This is to ensure that nothing will affect braking, steering, or pose a risk to other road users.

  7. Under the bonnet

    Have a look under the bonnet and ensure that the oil and brake fluid are topped up. Make sure too also check the windscreen washer bottle/levels. These will be checked as part of the MOT emissions test.


  1. Warning lights

    Any warning lights in your car are an invaluable and important way of being informed of when something has failed in your car.

  2. Seats

    Ensure all seats are secure and adjustable, and also able to be fixed into the upright position.

  3. Seatbelts

    Seatbelts must be free of damage, and react in the correct way when pulled on.

  4. Horn

    Give your horn a quick toot to check it’s working.

  5. Mirrors

    Check that all mirrors are intact, with the view undamaged and no edges exposed.

Watling Tyres are your premier tyre dealer and autocentre, with 15 branches across South London, Sussex, Kent and Surrey. Established over 55 years ago, our growing expertise and knowledge has seen us become experts at MOTs, auto servicing, and tyre replacement. To find out more, simply contact our friendly team today.


Are You a Stereotypical Driver?

road rage

The road rager is incensed by you having the temerity to be on the same road as them. Before you ask, no, your driving is not to their liking; go faster. Go slower. Indicate more. Indicate less. Who knows.

Boy Racer
Boy racer

What’s that roaring exhaust you hear coming up behind you? An Italian supercar? Wrong. It is the boy racer, who has fitted an exhaust the size of a dinner plate to his P-reg Vauxhall Tigra. It doesn’t sound ‘roaring’, actually – more like several blenders – but he wants you to know he is on the road.

The Overtaker

You become aware of their presence when their headlights appear so close to your vehicle it seems like they’re almost in the backseat. At the earliest possible opportunity, they’ll slingshot past you, becoming a dot on the horizon. Until you catch them up at the next set of lights.

The Slow Driver
the slow driver

Yes, we know, it’s a speed limit, not a target. But there has to be boundaries. If drivers are (quite rightly) not allowed to go 20mph over the speed limit, then people can’t drive 20mph under it, either. Trundling along, with not a care in the world. People have places to be!

The Distracted
distracted driver

Everyone has been behind a driver at the lights when they’re on red, and when they turn to green, the car in front still does not move. “Surely they’ll notice”, you think, but they don’t, and then a symphony of horns behind them finally alerts them to the fact it’s time to go. It doesn’t matter by then, though, because the light is turning back to red. Stay where you are.

Whether you fall into one of these categories or not, every driver needs high quality tyres to ensure their car performs effectively and safely on the road. Watling Tyres are proud to be a leading tyre dealer and autocentre, serving the Kent, Surrey and Sussex areas. For more information or to find your nearest branch, please get in touch with us today.


How To Kill Time In A Traffic Jam Infographic

In 2017, drivers in London lost 76 hours to traffic jams. Manchester motorists lost 39 hours, and overall, the cost of these jams is around £1,168 per driver.
Nobody likes to be caught in traffic; it makes us late to things, it gets in the way of our plans, and it’s just generally very annoying. While there’s always the short queues – the ones where traffic moves slowly for 5 or 10 minutes before picking up again – every driver’s worst fear is to be stuck in A Proper Traffic Jam. An enormous, mile-long, news-making, temper-fraying impasse that seems, for a while at least, like you’ll have to live in your car forever.

Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, if you’re unfortunate enough to get stuck in one of these behemoths, you’re likely going to have quite a lot of time to kill, and we’re going to help you do just that.

IMPORTANT: Since 2003 it has been illegal for drivers to touch their mobile phones whilst driving. This includes using a mobile to follow a map, read a text or check social media. If caught you could receive a hefty fine and points on your licence. The below activities mainly apply to passengers, but for the ones that do not require the use of a mobile phone you may partake in if you are a driver.

I Spy

A certified classic, and perfect to play if you’re stuck in traffic with small children in the car. Not so perfect if you’re on your own – you’ll win every time.

Learn a language

Attention all passengers: Now’s the time to become the linguistic genius you’ve always dreamed of being. Whether you’ve got some audiobooks to help you learn, or you’ve downloaded one of those very helpful language-learning apps, test yourself in the comfort and seclusion of your own vehicle.

Listen to a podcast

They’re all the rage now, aren’t they? There’s so much variety in podcasts now that whatever your tastes, there’s something for you. Millions of comedy, literature, discussions about music and even true crime podcasts are available to keep you company whilst sat in the car.

Play a game

Being in a traffic jam can raise your heart rate; after all, it’s everyone else’s fault you’re in this mess in the first place. To relax a bit, play a game on your phone (if you’re a passenger). Not Traffic Jam Simulator, though. That won’t help.

Browse the internet

Got a long-read saved that you’ve been meaning to get round to? Now’s your chance. Fancy scrolling your social media feeds and timelines? Now’s your chance. Internet shopping? Now’s your chance.

Phone a friend

If your car has one of those handy in-built speaker functions, or if you have the luxury of being able to give your car voice commands, it could be a perfect time to catch up. If there’s a friend or family member you’ve been meaning to speak to for a while, this is the perfect opportunity. Don’t ring your mate at 7am, though – they’re probably not too keen to speak to you then.

Whether you’re stuck in traffic or driving down the motorway, the quality of your vehicle’s tyres is very important. Watling Tyres are proud to provide a wide range of high quality tyres for vehicles of all kinds – get in touch with us today to find out more.


The Most Common Reasons for Failing an MOT

All vehicles that are more than 3 years old need to have an annual MOT test, and these tests can be the source of worry for many, particularly drivers of cars that have seen better days. A failed MOT can result in costly repairs, and a vehicle can fail an MOT for a number of reasons, the most common of which we’re going to outline here.

The most common reasons for MOT failure may well surprise you; it’s not the engine, it’s not the steering, and it’s not the clutch. The most common reasons for failing an MOT are:

– Lights

– Tyres

– Suspension

– Registration plate

– Windscreen and wipers

– Exhaust system

– Brakes


Lights are responsible for 17% of MOT failures. These failures can be down to anything from a broken bulb to poor headlight aim, as well as faulty brake lights and indicators.


The tread depth on tyres is very important, and if yours are found to have insufficient depth – less than 1.6mm – your vehicle will fail its MOT. In fact, tread depth issues are responsible for 14% of MOT failures.

Registration plate

Perhaps one of the most surprising culprits. If your front or rear number plate has significant damage, or the light above the plate is faulty, your vehicle will fail the MOT; 14% of failures are due to number plate issues.


Windscreen wipers are the reason for 12% of MOT failures; visible tears or damage will somewhat unsurprisingly result in failure, but another factor is whether or not they leave smears on the windscreen when used. If they do, your vehicle will fail the test. With regards to the windscreen itself, your vehicle will fail the test if there are any chips or cracks that block the driver’s view of the road.


Overly worn suspension systems will cause your vehicle to fail the MOT test – 7% of failures are down to faulty suspension. If the suspension does not deal well with bumps and you can hear banging or knocking, or it lurches in a particular direction when you drive, your vehicle will fail its MOT.


It’s not surprising that brakes have a decisive say in whether or not your vehicle passes its MOT. In fact, 7% of MOT failures are down to brake issues. If they are found to have excessive wear or strange patterns of wear, that is grounds for an MOT failure.

Exhaust system

If your exhaust system is loose, makes excessive noise, is missing silencers or has evidence of corrosion, your vehicle will fail the test. 7% of MOTs are failed due to problems with exhaust systems.

If you’d like to be sure that your vehicle will pass its MOT, it can help to take it in for a service before your MOT is due. Qualified, skilled professionals like the ones at Watling Tyres will be able to identify and fix any problems with your vehicle, potentially saving you the great expense that can come with an MOT failure.

Watling Tyres are proud to provide MOT testing for vehicles of all kinds across our branches. Our expert team are skilled and experienced in testing vehicles, and identifying and repairing faults that your vehicle may have.

For more information about our branches that carry out MOTs, click here. To find out more about our other services, get in touch with us today.


Goodyear Becomes Sole Supplier to the British National Touring Car Championship 2020

An iconic name in the tyre industry, Goodyear is making a return to UK motorsport by becoming the sole tyre supplier to the British National Touring Car Championship 2020. The BTCC is a bastion of British motorsport, enthralling racing fans since 1958 with fast-paced action and displays of driving excellence.

Seeing normal road cars that have been tweaked, tuned and turbo-charged compete against each other is part of the sport’s appeal, and ITV’s contract extension with the BTCC until 2022 is proof of the attraction of the sport. Goodyear tyres will be pushed to their limits by Jaguar, Ford, Audi, BMW, Vauxhall and many more world-famous manufacturers as their drivers compete for the title.

Goodyear itself has a long, proud association with motorsport. Their tyres have been used for 14 wins of the famous Le Mans 24-hour endurance race and 368 Formula One wins – a record that remains unbeaten to this day. The launch of their Eagle F1 SuperSport range was a clear signal that they are ready to once again play a key role in the motor racing industry, and the announcement of the BTCC sponsorship cements that role.

Watling Tyres are proud stockists of Goodyear tyres, offering comprehensive services including tyre fitting by our team of expert fitters. Whether you know exactly what kind of tyres you need or you’re unsure where to start,we’re always on hand to assist you with any query or issue. We also offer a 24-hour emergency call-out service with full mobile capability – we can come to you and fix your tyre issue in no time.

With 15 branches across Kent, Sussex and Surrey, we’re easy to find and easy to work with – just pay us a visit or get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.


Dashboard Warning Lights & What They Mean

Dashboard Warning Lights

Dashboard Warning Lights

Away from the speedometers and the mileage counters, our cars’ dashboards are littered with different symbols that light up when they need your attention. This can be confusing and somewhat worrying if you don’t know what these symbols mean, particularly when more than one lights up at once. Our handy infographic is here to help you make sense of your dashboard’s warning lights.

Engine Warning Light

This one means that there’s a potential issue with your engine. When you see it, either pull over in a safe spot and call your repair company, or visit a garage, if there is one in close proximity.

Oil Warning Light

This one means that your car is low on oil – pull over safely and check your oil levels. You may need to take your car to a garage, or you can top your oil up at home if you aren’t too far away.

Battery Warning Light

The symbol looks like a battery, and when it’s illuminated, it means you need to get your battery replaced. Take it to a garage for the replacement.

Brake Warning Light

Perhaps the most dramatic of the lot – an exclamation mark in a circle – this means there’s an issue with your brakes. This can be that the handbrake hasn’t been fully disengaged, or that your brake system may have a fault. If it’s not the former, visit a mechanic.

ABS Warning Light

ABS means Anti-Lock Braking System, and if the light comes on, it’s very important that you get your vehicle checked ASAP. Your anti-lock brakes are crucial to the safety of your vehicle.

Service Required Light

Coming in different formats, from an exclamation mark in a cog to a simple ‘service required’ message, this means that you’ll need to arrange a service with your nearest mechanic.

Engine Temperature

One of the most significant of all the warning lights, this requires immediate attention. It means your engine is too hot – this could be because it doesn’t have enough water or coolant in it.

Seatbelt Indicator Light

The beeping or dinging sound is probably more recognisable than the warning symbol, but it means that one or more of your passengers hasn’t put their seatbelt on.

Windscreen Wiper Fluid

You need to refill your window washer fluid at the next possible opportunity. This is a more urgent scenario if it’s raining – every service station has the facilities for this.

Airbag Warning Light

This means that one or more of your airbags is not working, or that there may be a problem with the system as a whole.

Fuel Light

The illuminated petrol pump means that you’re running low on fuel and need to head to the nearest petrol station.

Door Indicator Light

This means that one or more of your doors is not fully closed.

Regular drivers will more than likely see several of these warning lights over the course of their time on the road. While some are more severe than others, and some are indicators of oversights rather than faults, it’s important that we take good care of our vehicles to minimise the likelihood of warning symbols flashing on our dashboards.

Watling Tyres offer full and interim servicing at a number of our branches, including:













Tunbridge Wells

For more information, get in touch with us or head into your local branch today and let our expert team provide the service your vehicle needs.


The Continental WinterContact TS 860 S


The Continental WinterContact TS 860 S

Searching for a winter tyre that’s suited for sports cars and dynamic driving?

Continental Tyres are proud to announce the creation of the new WinterContact TS 860 S, responding to the needs of both manufacturers and drivers of high-performance cars. These specialist winter tyres will be available in both the original and replacement equipment market. Not only this but Continental also plan to offer automakers customised version with the aim to provide a wide selection of handing properties.

What are they suited for?

They are best suited to most types of sports cars and high-performance luxury saloons, specifically cars that frequently experience dynamic driving.

What are the benefits?

  • Top performing handling on snowy roads
  • Excellent braking distances
  • Precision handling in dry conditions
  • 14 different sizes available
  • Various widths available
  • Ensures maximum winter safety
  • Approvals for speeds of up to 168 mph
  • Low rolling resistance for reduced fuel consumption

What makes them unique?

  • The innovative properties of the WinterContact TS 860 S hinge on its wide braking groove which runs through the centre of the tread, offering a large surface on which to grip.
  • The many tread grooves and traction sipes enable dynamic driving in wintry weather.
  • Stiff, broad shoulder blocks ensure top-quality grip and therefore high precision steering response.
  • For the replacement sector, Continental will also be producing a tyre compound that retains its flexibility even in winter.
  • Ability to meet the needs of individual automakers and produce individual rubber compounds in each specific case.

In summary

Continental Tyres hope to continue their success from their previous winter tyre models, which have scored impressive marks on tests conducted by various car magazines.

Here at Watling Tyres, we supply and fit a huge range of winter tyres including Continental models. As a reliable and trusted tyre deal across the South East, you can count on our friendly team to offer sage advice and technical skill to each and every job. For more information, simply contact us today.