The tyres are the only part of your vehicle that meets the road – making them crucial to your car’s performance and safety. There are so many different tyres to choose from it can sometimes be daunting knowing which ones are best suited for your vehicle and driving needs. That’s why we’re going to tell you how to choose the right car tyres for you.
How do I know what car tyres are right for you?
Unfortunately, there is no way of accurately telling the lifespan of tyres, while the makers of these tyres may specify this its usually down to a combination of factors including the design, driving habits of the owner, climate, road conditions and care that is put into the tyres.
If you are replacing a tyre that you have been happy with but it is just worn down then you will need to take a look at the side of the tyre for information on the size. Here you will find the tyre width, aspect ratio, construction, wheel diameter and load index. You might also want to look in your car manual for more information.
What do I need to know?
When going to purchase new tyres, you will find tyre labels, since 2012 the EU has to offer consumers more information on tyre safety. There is a range of things you need to know about tyres before you consider buying them so please take a look at the following:
Tyre speed ratio
The tyre speed ratio is an important aspect to consider and is often overlooked. Choosing a tyre with the incorrect speed rating can actually invalidate your insurance, so it’s essential you get the right tyres. It is one of the most important letters on the side of the tyre. For more information in regards to speed tyre rating, please take a look at the RAC.
Tyre labelling for fuel economy ranges from A to G on a coloured scale system. If the tyre has a green A rating, it means they provide the best fuel economy for your vehicle. If the tyre has a red G rating, it will have the worst miles per gallon. We recommend that while A-rated tyres might seem more expensive, you are saving yourself a fair few pound by making your vehicle more fuel efficient. The more miles you do, the more money you will save from a fuel-efficient tyre.
How can seasons make a difference to my tyres?
Weather conditions can have a significant impact on the wear and tear of your car tyres. All season tyres are great for every day driving conditions, and most car makes. They have good grip on dry and wet roads as well as good snow traction. They are typically designed for year round usage and often provide longer tread life meaning you don’t have to change them too often. If you have a high-performance cars, you can look at getting seasonal tyres. Summer tyres are optimised for dry and wet performance however it must be said that the rubber on summer tyres cannot go below 7°C. If you drive in conditions where the temperature usually is under 7°C, they are specially designed to offer proficient levels of traction on ice, snow and even slush. This kind of tyres provide you with maximum safety and prevent you from aquaplaning.
What are OE tyres?
OE stands for original equipment – this means that the tyres on your vehicle have been approved by the manufacturer to come as standard on your car. There are a few vehicle manufacturers that offer this including Audi, BMW, Mercedes and a few others. You will find the information on these tyres on the side wall as previously discuss indicating the size. We recommend that if you want the best out of your vehicle, you make sure that you have OE tyres fitted to your car.
Having tyres fitted
We always recommend that unless you really know what you’re doing, you should always as a professional to fit your tyres for you. You might also want to look at having wheel alignment in Milton Keynes looked at; it can be dangerous for your to drive if one of your wheels isn’t in line. There are a number of factors that can affect your wheel alignment including hitting the kerb, going over a deep pothole, excessive wear to internal components such as steering and suspension.
How to take care of tyres?
After you have invested in the perfect tyres for your vehicle and fitted them its just as important that you ensure they are maintained and kept in a good state for driving. The reason for keeping your tyres in good condition isn’t only for your safety but also to ensure that your car is roadworthy, many people do not check their tyres regularly and often are drive with illegal tyres. While they are tested during your MOT, you might find that they have worn down before this comes around. We recommend that you go out and purchase yourself a tyre gauge from PCL who provide an easy to use tyre pressure and tread depth gauge that displays and illegal tyre tread warning.It’s also important that you check this before going on long journeys as the last thing you want is for a tyre to pop or for you to skid when braking.
We hope this article gives you a short overview of how to pick the right tyres for you and factors that can affect the wear and tear. There are a number of things that you need to consider when purchasing new tyres such as how efficient they are for your vehicle and how much they can improve performance. If you are ever unsure of what tyres to get and need a little help, please dont hesitate to get in touch with your local garage.