Your guide to different tyre types
Posted by: Cal on 21/03/2014
If you think that all car tyres are just round, rubber and black and do the job of getting you from place to place, you may be surprised to learn that there are plenty of tyres on the market that all have varying purposes and are there to perform different jobs.
Here are just some of the types of tyres available and what they're used for:
Passenger tyres are your everyday car tyre you'll need for your runabout. High-grade passenger tyres are designed for performance in all driving areas such as braking, cornering and road holding to suit our Australian roads and weather conditions. There are plenty of quality brands of passenger tyre out there, but the most important thing to remember is to buy new and consult a tyre expert for advice if you're not quite sure where to start.
These tyres are specifically designed for off road or 4x4 vehicles, and are heavy duty tyres that can deal with the challenges of rugged terrain. There are different types of 4x4 tyres, and you'll need to choose depending on your needs. Bridgestone tyres offer a wide range of 4x4 tyres that could suit different vehicles and uses. 'All Terrain' tyres are perfect for ease of handling, little noise and durability, while 'Highway Terrain' tyres are perfect for jumping straight from an off roading experience to the highway.
Aside from your traditional tyre types, there are also specialised tyres out there, such as runflat tyres. These are specially designed to last the journey to a tyre fitting station when you experience a puncture, as they have a strong sidewall. According to the National Roads and Motorist's Association (NRMA), runflat tyres are designed to be driven at a maximum speed of 80 km per hour when punctured, and have a distance limit of around 80 km.
These tyres could be suitable if you're not quite confident changing a tyre yourself after a puncture. However, the NRMA recommends those driving in remote areas do not use runflat tyres. You'll also still need to replace your runflat tyre with a new tyre if you've experienced a puncture.
Space saver tyres are temporary use tyres than can be used in replacement for a full sized spare for a short period of time. These can give drivers more space in the trunk, and are lighter and easier to handle than regular spare tyres. The NRMA recommends that these tyres are saved for emergencies and only used to drive to a service centre.