28th August 2020
A reinforced or XL (extra load) tyre is a specially reinforced tyre which carries heavier loads than tyres of the same size. These types of tyres are stronger and more hardwearing than standard tyres, and are often used for large vehicles that carry heavy loads or large family cars, such as 4x4s.
The internal structure of XL tyres is much stronger, designed to help make it easier to handle and maintain control of your vehicle. Reinforced tyres contain additional beading which creates a stronger, more hard-wearing tyre, and will be less likely to falter under additional strain. The tyres are essential for heavy goods vehicles as, not only do they need to support the weight of the vehicle itself, but also the weight of the supplies inside, too.
Some of the benefits of using reinforced tyres on your vehicle include:
You'll be able to tell if your current tyres are reinforced by inspecting the tyre wall markings. The markings should state either XL or Reinf (standing for 'reinforced'). So, if you've experienced a punctured tyre which needs replacing, or you're simply purchasing new tyres, ensure you've checked the tyre wall markings first to see if your vehicle uses reinforced tyres.