Choosing the right tyres for your car

Posted by: Dan on 3/05/2013

Category: Tyre Information

Finding the right tyres for your vehicle can be a bit complicated. You need to find the right size, make sure the speed and load ratings meet the vehicle manufacturer’s requirements, and then you need to consider the type of driving you do and the conditions you do it in.

Making the right choice can seem like a daunting task, but really it’s just a matter of remembering a few simple things.


Your vehicle’s manufacturer has selected tyre sizes to meet the engineering requirements of the vehicle. This includes the weight and the way the suspension is designed to perform. Ideally your vehicle will always keep the same tyre size as was originally specified by the manufacturer.

If you’re unsure about your tyre size, this information is included on a placard mounted in your vehicle. Usually in the glovebox or on the door pillar.

Speed and Load Ratings

We’ve written about how speed and load ratings work before. Like your tyre size, your car’s manufacturer will specify minimum requirements for the safe operation of the vehicle, to make sure that the tyres fitted can support the expected load of the vehicle, and to operate safely at speed when fully loaded. 

You should always fit tyres that meet or exceed the speed and load ratings required by the car maker.

The speed rating indicates the maximum safe operating speed of a tyre when loaded according to its load rating

Load ratings indicate the maximum safe load a properly inflated tyre can carry

Driving Conditions

Most people forget this but where you do most of your driving can have a big influence on what sort of tyres will suit your car best. Do you do most of your driving on busy city roads, where your speed isn’t very high and the quality of the road surface can vary? Then you might want a tyre that is better suited to provide greater durability and good handling.

Do you drive mainly on highways at higher speeds, with well-maintained surfaces and not a lot of tight cornering? Then you may want a tyre that’s designed to be more heat resistant with better fuel economy.

Do you drive on country roads, including some dirt? Are you a tradie with a fixed load in the back of your ute? Do you regularly tow a trailer? Do you go off-roading?

All of these things factor into your choice of tyre. It’s not a question of right and wrong, it’s a matter of finding the tyre that best fits your application and specific needs. Given how much tyres can cost, it’s worth the small investment of time to find the best fit that you can.

If you want some help figuring this side of things out then feel free to call us on 138 168 or open up a live chat with one of our friendly customer service team. We’ll even help you the old fashioned way, if you’d like to visit us in-store!

Tyre characteristics

Most people don’t realise that tyres are actually highly engineered and very technical products. Understanding the difference between tyres is an important part of finding the right fit for your vehicle and driving conditions. In the past we’ve usually had to rely on brand name, price and the advice of others as our sole guides.

At Tyreright we’re committed to making this process simpler for you so that you can make more informed choices about what’s best for you. For this reason every tyre that we sell is scored out of 10 on five core characteristics. This helps you to be able to compare different tyres accurately and to balance price against value.

The five characteristics we use are:

Indicates the ability of the tyre to brake efficiently and take corners safely under load and speed

Handling – This describes the ability of the tyre to brake effectively and corner safely

Indicates the ability of the tyre to clear water and stop efficiently in the wet

Wet Conditions – This describes how effectively the tyre brakes on wet surfaces and how well it clears water from the tread
A reflection of ride quality and noise generated by the tyre

Comfort – This refers to the road noise generated by the tyre and to its ride quality
Indicates if the tyre is designed to wear more slowly and with higher heat resistance

Durability – A tyre that scores highly in this category is often made using tougher compounds and is heat resistant so that it wears less quickly
Indicates the rolling resistance which provides fuel savings and benefits the environment

Eco-Fuel Saver – This indicates the level of rolling resistance the tyre has

It’s important to remember that no characteristic exists in isolation. For example, often a more durable tyre will have slightly reduced handling ratings due to the different compounds used in its construction. This is why it is important to understand the driving conditions you most frequently face and find the tyre best suited to those.

Give it a go

We know our system isn’t perfect (yet!), but we’re serious about trying to make buying tyres easier and more clear. We’re always interested in hearing your feedback and looking for ways to make your life simpler. Please feel free to get in contact with us any time to pass on feedback and share your experiences. We’re learning too!

The most important thing is to not let the seeming complexity overwhelm you. Our goal at Tyreright is to help you choose the right tyres for your needs and to be confident in your decision, so feel free to ask for our help anytime.