With today’s mind-blowing assortment of tyres, it’s no wonder that many car owners feel so puzzled when it comes to choosing new tyres. Which are better – all-season or summer tyres, truck or passenger, budget or premium ones – it all depends on your driving needs. We’ll explain what you should pay attention at when shopping for new tyres.
Read the marking on tyres
If your car still has its original tyres, the marking on them will tell all you need to know for buying perfect new tyres. If tyres have been replaced lots of time, you can find this information in your car’s manual. For example, the marking ‘195/50 R16 92H’ means that your new tyres must be 195 millimetres wide, have the aspect ratio (width to height) of 50% and the rim diameter of 15 inches. ‘92’ means the maximum load index, and the last letter means the maximum speed rating. In this case, ‘H’ reads as 130mph.
Define your budget
Every tyre available for buying in the United Kingdom meets tough safety standards, so you get decent quality in any case. Is there any reason to pay more for premium tyres then? Of course! Tyres of higher quality offer a better performance (shorter stopping distance, enhanced grip), fuel economy and mileage. They can serve up to 20k miles under normal conditions. If you want to experience the top quality, try such tyre brands as Pirelli, Bridgestone, Michelin, or Goodyear. You don’t have to overpay for the brand in summer as on a dry road, the budget tyres perform not worse than the premium tyres; however, they will ‘die’ faster.
Consider the type of vehicle
Whether you drive a regular passenger car, a pickup, an SUV, a commercial vehicle, or a truck, opt for the tyres that were specially developed for your type of vehicle.
Using seasonal tyres helps to get the maximum handling, safety, and comfort benefits at any time of a year. Look for the symbols such as the sun or snowflake on the tyre marking. Summer (aka performance) tyres are designed for enhanced handling and traction on both wet and dry roads in warm weather. However, they are expensive and noisy. If you value comfort and have a limited budget, opt for all-season tyres for weather warmer than 7 degrees Celsius. When the temperature drops below this benchmark, only winter tyres can provide good handling and reliable grip on wet roads, ice, and snow.