Buying Car Tyres – Advice From An Expert

Posted by on November 16, 2010 | No Comments

One particular area of vehicle maintenance that many people fail to fully consider is their vehicle’s tyres. Getting your choice of tyres right will mean thousands of miles of trouble free motoring (at least in terms of tyre problems), get the selection wrong and you could indirectly be the cause of a dangerous road accident.

The choice of tyre that you make should be made on the type of vehicle you own and the driving conditions you use your car in. To explain this, lets use an SUV (sports utility vehicle) as an example. Although SUVs might look like off-road vehicles, only a very small number of models have genuine off-road capabilities. As much as you may be tempted to do so, you must not fit off-road tyres to an SUV unless you will be using it solely off-road (in which case why didn’t you buy a 4×4 in the first place?).

The choice of road tyres is not an easy one to make. Different tyres are designed for different weather conditions. If you normally drive in an area that is used to cold, wet weather, then you should select tyres that have been specifically designed for that purpose. Wet weather tyres are designed with grooves to displace water which prevents hydroplaning.

It is important not to base your choice on value for money. If you think, your tires are the only things that are connecting your vehicle to the road. If you buy poor quality tyres, you will have reduced grip which will affect all handling characteristics of your vehicle. Paying a little bit more on tyres means that you will be able to obtain tyres that last longer, are quieter, and have much more grip.

So, to summarize, you need to be aware of the road conditions that you normally drive in, and do not skimp on the cost. Another important factor to remember is to fit the right size tyres for your wheels. The numbers and letters on the tyres sidewall reflect the size of the tyre. In order, the letter(s) dictate the type of vehicle that the tyre is designed for, then the following numbers are the width of the tyre in millimeters, the depth of the sidewall then the tyre type (which will be another letter). After that should be the size of the wheel that the tyre should be fitted to, then the tyres load index, then, finally, the speed rating of the tyre. Check the vehicles owners manual for help if you need it.

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