A Quick Primer on Choosing the Best Tyres for Your Car
Posted by: Dan on 19/03/2015
The tyres you drive on are among the most important parts of your vehicle. In fact, if you don’t take care to choose the right tyres for your vehicle, you could encounter serious problems and even put yourself at greater risk for an accident. According to Consumer Reports, worn out tyres increase your risk of being in a tyre-related crash. Vehicles with full-tread tyres had a 2.4 per cent likelihood of being in a wreck, while those with worn out treads were 26 per cent likely to be involved in a crash.
With this in mind, it isn’t surprising that choosing the right tyres for your vehicle is a critical undertaking. A number of factors should be taken into consideration when making this important decision. The tips below can help you to find the best tyres for your needs.
First, consider the type of climate in which you typically drive. Do you need winter tyres, summer tyres, or all-season tyres? Do you ever drive through rain or snow? If so, you may need winter tyres (at least for those months when the weather is bad). If you live in an area with four distinct seasons, you may need both winter and summer tyres. Driving on the wrong tyres for the climate can result in poor performance and can put you at risk for an accident.
It’s also important to consider the driving conditions that you’ll typically encounter while driving. For instance, if you only drive around your local neighbourhood or town, then almost any standard tyre will work for your vehicle.
On the other hand, if you frequently drive in congested traffic or during rush hour, you’ll want tyres that are more responsive. Long-wearing tyres are typically best if you frequently drive on interstates or highway roads. Similarly, tyres that handle well are usually better if you drive through mountains or on twisty roads.
When choosing between various tyres, always make a point of checking the expected life span of the tyre, as expressed in terms of the distance they’ll drive before failing. Remember that how you drive and the conditions in which you drive will impact this longevity, but it’s still important to understand the length of service you can expect your new set of tyres to provide.
In addition to considering the type of tyre you’ll purchase for your vehicle, it’s also important to consider the reputation of the manufacturer. Remember that not all tyres are created equal, which is why you’ll want to take the time to be sure you’re selecting a tyre produced by a manufacturer with a good reputation.
You should also consider the warranty that comes with the tyre. Find out how long the warranty will last and under what conditions the warranty will be considered valid. Take the time to read the fine print - you never know when you’ll come to rely on this “legalese” to protect yourself from a bad set of tyres.
Modern tyres frequently included added technologies that are applied to tyres in order to improve the handling of the tyres or even extend their longevity. Such technology often comes at a higher price, so consider carefully whether you really need that extra technology and whether you’re willing to pay an additional price for it.
Price vs Value
For most consumers, price is - naturally - an important consideration. But it’s also important to balance price versus value. Purchasing the lowest priced tyre might seem like it would help save you money, but, in the long run, you might find that you spend more money because the tyres wear out sooner and need to be replaced more frequently.
Additionally, poor quality tyres could put you at risk for an accident. Many consumers wonder whether they should pay extra for premium tyres. It should be kept in mind that premium tyres are typically manufactured according to higher standards and thus offer increased wear resistance and stability. Ultimately, such tyres tend to offer the better value, due to their expected longevity, enhanced performance, and extensive warranties.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to purchase the highest quality tyres that you can afford. As is the case with most things in life, you will get what you pay for.
Finally, keep in mind that not all tyres will be appropriate for your vehicle. You will need a specific size, depending on its make and model. If you aren’t sure what size tyres you’ll need for your vehicle, take a look at the original tyres that were on your vehicle when you purchased it. Ideally, it’s best to try and replicate the original tyres on your vehicle as closely as possible. If you still aren’t sure about the correct size tyres required for your vehicle, check the owner's manual.
While shopping for new tyres can be a somewhat daunting task, taking the factors listed above into consideration can help you to choose the tyres that are best for your vehicle. Remember that, while choosing the right tyres for your vehicle is important, it’s also critical to ensure your tyres are properly maintained. Treat your tyres well by keeping them inflated, monitoring the tread for wear, and replacing them as soon as the need arises.
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