Choosing the best tyres for your vehicle

Tyres are the only parts of your car that are in contact with the road, they are the only things keeping you on the road and not in the hedges which makes them critical to your car’s performance and safety. If you are driving in cold, wet or icy conditions then you are more likely to struggle but most drivers make this problem worse by not putting enough thought into the type of tyres to buy based on the type of car and driving style. We have come up with a guide for inexperienced drivers, we look at different tyre types and in what situation they can be most effective.

Tyre sizes

The first thing to consider is the size of your tyres. You can find this information on the wall of your tyres and in your owner’s manual, if done correctly the information should include the section width, aspect ratio, rim diameter, load rating and speed rating. The section width is the width of the tyre in millimetres, the aspect ratio is the ratio of the tyre’s width to height as a percentage. The rim diameter is the diameter of the rim which the tyre is to be fitter to and the load rating indicates the maximum load that each tyre can support individually. And finally, the speed rating shows the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry a load corresponding to its load rating.

Run flat Tyres

Run flat tyres are tyres that are designed specifically to maintain a car’s mobility when driving with a puncture. To achieve this, the tyres are fitted with thicker sidewalls which will continue to hold on to the weight of the car even when the air pressure inside drops. This feature allows the driver to continue driving until it is safer to pull over or head home (if close enough) and call a mobile tyre fitting team. When fitted and in the event of a puncture, the driver is alerted by a tyre pressure monitoring system in the car and if you check in your owner’s manual you’ll find instructions on what to do when you have a punctured tyre.

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is the measure of the tyre’s rolling resistance or the amount of energy that is lost when the tyre is rolling. Normally, due to the constant deformation of a tyre the car can roll from just a little move to a dangerous level. A tyre with lower rolling resistance requires less energy to roll, will provide better fuel economy and will also have a higher energy rating. Many tyres manufacture now offer tyre models that are specifically designed to minimise rolling resistance to boost efficiency. You should be sure of the tyre of tyres you’ll be needing before investing in new ones, tyres are so expensive and just like your car as soon as you use it it’ll start to depreciate.

Finally, remember that even when you get the correct tyres for your car you still have to make sure that you are checking it regularly for cuts, bulges and dents as these could go on to affect the lifespan of the tyres and would also negatively affect your car.

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