How To Choose The Ideal Tyres For Your Car
Posted by: on 10/11/2021
If tyres didn’t have to be replaced in order to keep drivers safe, we suspect many people would never replace them. While tyres are actually a very solid investment, when many people come to replace their car tyres, getting the cheapest tyres fitted so they can just get on with life is often the priority.
While there’s necessarily nothing wrong with that, a good pair of tyres can make a world of difference to how your vehicle handles, how economical it is, and how comfortable your car is to drive. When drivers focus on price, they frequently miss out on the benefits a better tyre can bring.
So, to help those less-price conscious shoppers among you, we’ve put together this guide on how to choose the ideal tyres for your vehicle.
What do you drive?
This is a bit of a no-brainer - if you drive a passenger car, a pair of van tyres won’t do you many favours. However, when we say you should consider what you drive, what we mean is that you should consider more than just the make & model of your car.
Manufacturers launch their vehicle models in multiple variants, and those variants come with a swather of optional extras such as sports suspension, body kits, alloy wheels & more. If you’ve opted for something a bit grander than the stock standard model, you should consider how your tyres will compliment your vehicle's additional features.
If you’ve gone for sports suspension, for example, then a tyre with a high handling rating to compliment your suspension setup will add that extra joy to swinging your car around twisting highways and country roads. Some sports suspension can be a little less comfortable than stock, so a high ride-comfort rating should also be considered.
Conversely, if your daily runabout is a small hatch-back, top-of-the-line high-performance tyres are likely not your best shot.
How do you drive?
If you’re the sort of driver that can be truly honest about how you drive, you probably already know what sort of tyre you actually need. Some among us love their quick accelerations & late braking (although we don’t condone it…), and if you’re one of those people, handling & grip should be your main focus. Also keep an eye out for a tyre’s wet weather handling rating as well.
There’s nothing worse than tapping your brakes and feeling your vehicle slide away from you, so if you’re a heavy braker, make sure to focus on tyres that compliment your style.
If you are a slower driver, taking your time to execute gentle turns, avoiding frequent lane changes at speed, and give yourself plenty of space with braking, you can opt for a more all-round tyre.
Where do you drive?
Beyond that, consider what sort of driving you regularly do. For those that slap on the cruise control at 100km/h and sit on the motorway regularly, comfort & fuel efficiency ratings of your tyres should be considered to make your journey cheaper and more comfortable.
City and metro drivers should focus more on handling, wet-weather ratings and grip. Given your regular proximity to other cars, pedestrians, traffic lights, trams, & more, it’s really important that your vehicle does exactly what you need it to do, when you need it. City drivers tend to drive relatively low distances, so a cheap pair of tyres might sound like a good investment, but can cause unfathomable costs if they just aren’t right for the conditions under which you’ll be driving.
Stick with What You Know
There’s two points here depending on how much you know about tyres.
Chances are, you didn’t buy a car that came with no tyres, so if you’ve already been driving your car with no issues relating to grip, efficiency or comfort, sometimes replacing your tyres with a new version of the same brand & product you’re used to can take away the guesswork. If you’re not that interested in the world of tyre theory, not familiar with how tyres work, or you aren’t going to spend any time finding it, it’s probably best to avoid taking chances on something you don’t know.
The second point is more for those who are inclined to research the best deal. While doing so, you may come across some cheap brands of which you’ve never heard.
There’s almost always a reason a tyre brand doesn’t gather a mainstream following, and it generally relates to low quality, difficulty in sourcing, poor handling and sub-standard safety.
The overarching theme of this section is not to take chances with your tyres. If you need advice or help choosing something right for your needs, get in touch with Tyreright today by calling 138 168.
Understand Your Vehicle’s Needs
If you’re switching from the tyres that originally came with your car, always consider speed & load ratings. For most road users, you won’t need to spend too much time thinking about these two, but if you regularly transport goods & equipment, spend time off road, or are looking for tyres more suitable for track cars, the speed and load ratings are important.
In short, the speed rating is how fast your tyres can safely go, and the load rating is how much weight that single tyre can support. Exceeding these limits can stop your tyres performing efficiently, and can even lead to accidents, so it’s vital you pay attention to these ratings if you’re going to be doing more than just commuting on tarmac roads.
This information can be found on the sidewall of your tyres, in your vehicle's manual, and most manufacturers will have a plaque in the driver’s door frame with that information.
If you’re looking to find the best tyres for your car, then Tyreright can help. When you enter your vehicle make, model & year, we’ll show you all the tyres and brands that produce tyres for you. From there, you can review each tyre’s handling, comfort, durability & efficiency to see if they match your vehicle type & driving style.
If you’d like some help choosing the right tyre for you, feel free to give us a call, or find your local Tyreright Service Centre here.