How To Choose the Best Tyres For Your Vehicle.
There are many different tyre brands on the market today, so choosing the correct one can be a bit of a minefield. Size, compound, profile and cost are all things to consider when shopping for tyres. There are many numbers on the side wall of a tyre, so understanding what they mean will help you.
They will display something similar to this example: 195/50 R15 92H.
The first three numbers are the width of the tyre in millimeters. (195) The next is the profile of the tyre (50) which is the ratio of the tyres width to height as a percentage. Next is the diameter of the rim (R15) in inches of which the tyre will be fitted to. Then the load rating (92) is the maximum weight each tyre can support. And finally the speed rating (H) this indicates the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry a load corresponding to its load rating.
So now you know what all those numbers mean, you will now understand why it is important to get the correct tyre for your vehicle.
Now let’s look at price and quality. Think about the best quality tyre to suit your needs. If you only drive a few miles a week you might want to think about a budget or economy range which will save you a few pounds. However, if you are on the road a lot and have a high performance car then a premium range will be more suitable. No matter how much you pay, all tyres sold in the UK meet strict safety standards.
Due to the high quality construction and materials used in manufacturing premium tyres, they will usually last around 15,000 to 20,000 miles under normal usage. The design, technology and research that goes into premium tyres has proven to enhance stopping distances, fuel economy, grip and lower noise levels. A few of the premium tyre brands are Dunlop, Goodyear, Continental and Bridgestone.
If premium tyres are out of your price range, don’t worry. Economy tyres will still perform to a high standard, however they might not last as long. As i said before, you might not need premium tyres if you are not on the road all of the time for work or pleasure. The brands tend to be a little less known too such as: Falken, BF Goodrich, Firestone and Toyo Tyres.
In the summer months, budget tyres will perform the same as premium tyres, however they are not as good in wet conditions and tend to only last around 7,000 to 8,000 miles. Budget tyres brands include: Kumho, Hankook and Maxxis.
There are also specialist tyres too such as winter tyres and run flat tyres. Winter tyres use a tread rubber compound and tread pattern specifically designed to retain flexibility in low temperatures and give good braking and traction performance on snow and ice as well on wet surfaces in cold conditions. Run flat tyres are a pneumatic tyre that is designed to resist the effects of deflation when punctured, and to enable the vehicle to be driven at a reduced speed for a limited distance. Note that run flat tyres must only be fitted to a vehicle which has a tyre pressure monitoring system.
So you are now ready to choose the correct tyres for your vehicle?