Choosing the right tyres for your vehicle is important as tyres have a huge impact on how your car steers, accelerates, brakes and feels when driving.
With thousands of tyres available in the market, it is understandable that choosing the right tyres may seem daunting. We have prepared tips and guides to help you make the right decision for your driving needs!
1. TYRE SIZE
First, you need to establish your vehicle’s tyre size. You can find this on the wall of your tyres or in your vehicle’s handbook.
The information will allow you to research tyres that fit your car!
It will look like this:
And what does it means?
Another way to find out your tyres size is by referring to the manufacturer’s placard at your vehicle.
This can be found on the driver’s side doorjamb but locations may vary between manufacturers and models.
2. QUALITY AND PRICE
Once you know the right tyres size for your vehicle, you can think about the quality of tyres that will best suit your driving needs.
This depends on your needs. Not all tyres are the same. Every tyre has its strengths and weaknesses. Some are long-lasting, others offer better grip, others are quiet and smooth while driving.
A single tyre cannot be the best in all aspect but the more you invest, the better the quality will be and consequently, your driving experience.
- Premium Tyres
Heavy investment in research, design and technology means that premium tyres benefit from improved stopping distances, fuel economy, grip (especially in wet conditions) and lower noise levels.
- Mid-range Tyres
Mid-range tyres offer a balance between the performance of premium tyres and the value of budget tyres. Depending on the type of driving that you do, mid-range can provide a longer life span and perform far better than budget tyres.Although mid-range tyres not as well known as premium brands, you still get a sense of the technology which has gone into their development.Mid-range tyres can provide great value for money and depending on the type of driving that you do, they can also prove to have a long life span.
- Budget Tyres
In life, you generally get what you pay for and tyres are no different. Budget tyres do not always undergo the same rigorous production processes as premium tyres, and in simple terms, they do not last as long.Although they typically last between 7,000 to 8,000 miles, budget tyres offer a value option for drivers with low mileage.
3. TYPE OF VEHICLE YOU DRIVE
Cars, vans, 4WDs, SUVs and other specific type of vehicles all require specific tyres. Thus, make sure you choose the right type for your vehicle.
4. YOUR DRIVING STYLE
Be sure to take your driving style into account when choosing tyres.
If you make frequent long journeys, finding an economical tyre that gives you the most mileage should be a consideration. If you have a sportier driving style, consider tyres with good cornering grip.
Evaluating the performance characteristics of a tyre will help you find a tyre that better suits your style.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR TYRES
Whichever tyres you choose, it is important to look after them.
Maintaining correct air pressure is a simple way to prolong the life of your tyres. Check your tyre pressure regularly and adjust according to your car’s specification and loading.
Look out for any signs of uneven wear and tear, and if you spot any, arrange to have the wheel alignment checked at your nearest service centre.
If you want to get the very best from your tyres, you may wish to rotate them through the wheels periodically. Rotation helps to ensure that wear and tear is even. Manufacturers suggest that tyres be rotated approximately every six months.
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