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    1. Buying Tyres
    2. Driving Conditions
    3. Tyre Basics
    4. Tyre Care and Maintenance
    5. Tyre Damage
    6. Tyre Change and Fitting
    7. Vehicle Types
    8. Seasons
    1. Tyre Basics
    2. Tyre Change and Fitting
    3. Tyre Damage
    4. Riding Conditions
    1. Tyre Performance
    2. Tyre Care and Maintenance
    3. Tyre Construction
    4. Tyre safety
    5. Tyre Technologies
  • Driving in fog
    • #Driving Conditions
    Driving in fog If possible, don't drive in foggy conditions. Fog is a major cause of road accidents. But if it can't be avoided, here are some safe driving tips. Read more
  • Aquaplaning
    • #Driving Conditions
    Aquaplaning Aquaplaning is one of the most dangerous situations in road traffic. Learn what it is and how it can be avoided with sufficient tire tread depth. Read more
  • Driving in snow
    • #Driving Conditions
    Driving in snow When winter arrives, it's essential to take proper precautions for yourself and your vehicle. Here are some useful tips for safely driving in snow. Read more
  • Driving in heavy rain
    • #Driving Conditions
    Driving in heavy rain Driving a car in the rain is much more challenging than driving in fine weather. Follow these safety tips for driving in wet conditions. Read more
  • Holiday journey
    • #Driving Conditions
    Holiday journey Planning on taking an epic road trip in the not-too-distant future? You'll need these tire care tips to get you to your destination without any surprises. Read more
  • Curvy rides
    • #Driving Conditions
    Curvy rides To stay safe on curvy roads, you should avoid driving your car at excessive speed. Read on for more tips to smoothly navigate a long and winding road. Read more
  • Tyre pressure
    • #Tyre Care and Maintenance
    Tyre pressure Car safety is significantly upgraded with an integrated TPMS. Learn all about integrated tire-pressure monitoring systems and how they work. Read more
  • Nitrogen in tyres
    • #Tyre Care and Maintenance
    Nitrogen in tyres Did you know you can inflate tires with nitrogen instead of with air? Learn about the pros and cons of having nitrogen-filled tires on your wheels. Read more
  • Tyre mileage
    • #Tyre Care and Maintenance
    Tyre mileage The long-term mileage performance of your tires depends on many factors. We explain what they are, and what you can do to prolong the life of your tires. Read more
  • Tread depth
    • #Tyre Care and Maintenance
    Tread depth The tire tread grips the road and wears down as you drive. To ensure your safety, measure the tread depth as part of your regular vehicle maintenance. Read more
  • Storing tyres
    • #Tyre Care and Maintenance
    Storing tyres Whether you're switching to winter tires or to summer tires, it's important to think about how you store your off-season set. Here's a step-by-step guide. Read more
  • Retorquing wheels
    • #Tyre Care and Maintenance
    Retorquing wheels Whenever you have new wheels and tires fitted to your car, it’s essential for road safety to have the lug nuts retorqued after the first 50 kilometers. Read more
  • Balancing tyres
    • #Tyre Care and Maintenance
    Balancing tyres Proper tire balance will distribute weight equally around the entire circumference of the tire. Unbalanced wheels cause vibrations and premature wear. Read more
  • Changing tyres
    • #Tyre Change and Fitting
    Changing tyres The seasons change, so why not the tires on your car? We explain how a driver should choose between summer tires, winter tires, or all-season tires. Read more
  • Mixing tyres
    • #Tyre Change and Fitting
    Mixing tyres Continental recommends fitting tires with the same brand, size, tread pattern, load index, and speed rating to every wheel position on your car. Read more
  • Summer tyres vs. winter tyres
    • #Tyre Change and Fitting
    Summer tyres vs. winter tyres The weather changes throughout the year, which affects driving conditions on the road; fit your car with tires that will provide you with the most confidence. Read more
  • Winter tyres in summer
    • #Tyre Change and Fitting
    Winter tyres in summer Winter tires are the undisputed champion when it comes to colder climates, but their unique features are a disadvantage if used in warmer temperatures. Read more
  • Fitting tyres
    • #Tyre Change and Fitting
    Fitting tyres Fitting new tires to the wheels of your car is a straightforward process when done correctly and safely by a qualified professional. Read more
  • Braking with new tyres
    • #Tyre Change and Fitting
    Braking with new tyres Driving on a new set of tires? Just like a new pair of shoes, new tires need to go through a breaking-in period before they can drive at their best. Read more
  • Summer tyres in winter
    • #Tyre Change and Fitting
    Summer tyres in winter Winter is a time to put winter tires on your car. We recommend against using summer tires if there's any snow, ice, or the temperature is freezing. Read more
  • How to change a tyre
    • #Tyre Change and Fitting
    How to change a tyre Whether it’s an emergency puncture situation or you’re switching your seasonal set – here’s your step-by-step guide to changing a tire. Read more
  • Replacing tyres
    • #Tyre Damage
    Replacing tyres How long will tires last before you should replace them? It depends on the tread design of the tire, road conditions, and how frequently the car is in use. Read more
  • Tyre damages
    • #Tyre Damage
    Tyre damages Tires can become damaged, and it can happen without the driver realizing there's an issue. We explain the signs and symptoms to help diagnose the problem. Read more
  • Disposing of tyres
    • #Tyre Damage
    Disposing of tyres When you're ready to dispose of your old tires, it's time to recycle them. Many tire dealers will recycle your scrap tires for you when buying a new set. Read more
  • Tyre repair
    • #Tyre Damage
    Tyre repair Want to repair a tire puncture? Drivers must know whether a repair on a flat tire is legally permissible, or whether they have to buy a new tire instead. Read more
  • Flat-spotting
    • #Tyre Damage
    Flat-spotting Flat-spotting occurs when a tire has been stationary under vehicle load for a prolonged period. Let’s explore the causes, plus tips on how to prevent it. Read more
  • New tyre purchase guide
    • #Buying Tyres
    New tyre purchase guide When it's time to buy a set of new tires for your car, there are multiple factors to take into consideration, including your driving style and budget. Read more
  • Tyre tread
    • #Tyre Basics
    Tyre tread There are different types of tire tread patterns which are specialized in specific driving needs like wet braking, dry handling and others. Read more
  • Tyre markings
    • #Tyre Basics
    Tyre markings Markings on the tire sidewall are shorthand for a wealth of information including the load index, speed rating, tire size, construction, and more. Read more
  • Tyre approvals
    • #Tyre Basics
    Tyre approvals Are you allowed to fit any tire to your car if it has the same diameter as the rims? The process is a bit more complicated than that. Find out if they have tire approval. Read more
  • Tyre mixture
    • #Tyre Basics
    Tyre mixture Continental makes tires with the highest quality materials; modern car tires contain up to 25 components and as many as 12 different rubber compounds. Read more
  • Tyre size
    • #Tyre Basics
    Tyre size There are three things to know when buying new tires for your car – the size, speed rating, and load index – and all this information is easy to find. Read more
  • Tyre production
    • #Tyre Basics
    Tyre production A modern tire is made from many components. Follow the tire manufacturing process step by step, from raw materials to finished tires. Read more
  • Wide tyres
    • #Tyre Basics
    Wide tyres In our high-performance-tire segment, Continental offers wide tires for high-performance vehicles, medium and luxury-class cars, and SUVs. Read more
  • Off-road tyres
    • #Tyre Basics
    Off-road tyres If you're planning on driving off the trail with your car, truck or SUV, you need tires which are appropriate for a whole new set of challenges. Read more
  • Tyre components
    • #Tyre Basics
    Tyre components Continental has played a major role in the development of today’s steel-belted radial tires. Learn all about the components inside the modern tire. Read more
  • Tyre types
    • #Tyre Basics
    Tyre types The modern tire is a complex work of engineering designed to tackle a myriad of challenges. Learn about the different tire types, and their pros and cons. Read more
  • Four-wheel drive
    • #Vehicle Types
    • #SUVs
    Four-wheel drive Not all SUVs have four-wheel drive, but the terms often overlap or are used synonymously. We explain the difference between SUV, 4WD and AWD. Read more
  • Off-road driving
    • #Vehicle Types
    • #SUVs
    Off-road driving Most SUVs can go off paved roads to a certain degree, but for serious off-roading, you need four-wheel drive and tires that can tackle any terrain. Read more
  • SUV Tyres
    • #Vehicle Types
    • #SUVs
    SUV Tyres If you're looking for new SUV tires, there are several things to consider to ensure safety and quality. Read more
  • Replacing SUV tyres
    • #Vehicle Types
    • #SUVs
    Replacing SUV tyres There are several indicators that tell you when you should replace your tires. Even if you've never had a puncture, they could be showing wear Read more
  • Crossover SUVs
    • #Vehicle Types
    • #SUVs
    Crossover SUVs Crossover SUVs combine sport and utility with urban versatility. How to find the perfect tires for small SUVs. Read more
  • Buying winter tyres
    • #Winter
    • #Driving Conditions
    • #Seasons
    Buying winter tyres Winter tires have unique attributes that mitigate the risks of snow, ice, and falling temperatures on the road, providing motorists with greater control. Read more
  • Winter tyre laws
    • #Winter
    • #Driving Conditions
    • #Seasons
    Winter tyre laws Learn when you need to switch to winter tires and whether they're compulsory in your region. Read more
  • Continental Winter World
    • #Winter
    • #Driving Conditions
    • #Seasons
    Continental Winter World Enjoy winter, regardless of the weather – and arrive safely at your destination, regardless of the driving conditions. Read more
  • All-season tyres
    • #All-Season
    • #Seasons
    All-season tyres Enjoy every season with one set of tires. You will arrive at your destination safely in mostly all driving confitions. Read more
  • Breaking in new motorcycle tyres
    Breaking in new motorcycle tyres Even though Continental's "TractionSkin" technology contributes to greater safety on the first ride, it is necessary for the rider to condition the tyres for the demands of high-power motorcycles by loading them moderately and evenly during the break-in period, thus preventing tire damage Read more
  • Tyre Age
    Tyre Age Tyre ageing only occurs very slowly to new tyres through chemical and physical processes if the tyre is stored properly. Read more
  • Tyre storage recommendations
    Tyre storage recommendations Tyre compounds are formulated to resist deterioration caused e.g. by sunlight, humidity and ozone. Nevertheless, stored tyres should be protected against these and other potentially damaging conditions. Read more