Tyre Buying Tips
Get the Best Tyre within Your Budget
So, you need new tyres. The choice is huge and confusing. These tyre buying tips should help you choose the best tyres for your vehicle, driving style and budget.
Match Your New Tyres to Your Car
Tyre manufacturers invest big money into developing new tyres and ensuring tyres are made to keep you safe.
The car manufacturer will have tested many types of tyres on the vehicle. They will have tested for handling, braking, how fast the tyre tread wears, road noise and ride comfort. In your car owner’s manual, it is likely that you’ll find recommendations for your tyres, including size, speed rating and load rating. You should always buy the type of tyre recommended by your car’s manufacturer.
How Do You Know That You Are Buying Tyres to Match Your Car?
When buying new tyres, the markings on the tyre’s sidewall tell you all you need to know. It may look like you need an Enigma machine to decipher the confusing code, but this guide tells you all you need to know:
Vehicle – Tyres are developed for different vehicle types. This is indicated by the following letters:
- P: passenger car and most 4WD
- LT: light trucks
- M: motorcycle
- T: temporary
Tyre width – The first numbers show the tyre width in millimetres.
Profile – The second number indicates the profile (tyre width to tyre height), usually as a percentage. High-performance tyres are indicated by a low percentage.
Construction – For example, ‘R’ for radial.
Diameter – Indicating which rim size the tyre is designed for, and expressed in inches.
Load Rating – Either expressed as a weight or as an index number.
Speed Rating – The final letter in the code indicates the speed rating. This is the maximum speed the tyre can travel at for 10 minutes without risk of a tyre blowout.
What Tyre Brand Is best?
You will also find the tyre brand and model embossed on the tyre’s sidewall. Premium brand tyres are likely to be more expensive, but savvy drivers buy premium tyres in Brisbane. You find that premium brand tyres could:
- Save on fuel
- Give shorter braking distances
- Offer a more comfortable driving experience
- Last longer
Whichever brand you choose, we recommend that you fit the same brand on all your tyres, and certainly never mix brands on the same axle.
Why You Should Spend Your Whole Budget on Your New Tyres
The saying that you get what you pay for is certainly true when it comes to tyres. However, never forget the car you drive and your style of driving. Here are some general rules:
- More affordable tyres are suited to small family cars
- High-performance cars should be paired with high-performance tyres
- Always consider your driving style and the surfaces on which you mostly drive
- Mid-range tyres often provide a good compromise between handling and drive experience and cost
- Always listen to the advice of a tyre specialist
Are Cheap Tyres Worth the Risk?
If you are tempted to save a few dollars buying cheap tyres, first you should be aware of the risks. Cheaper tyres usually provide less grip on the road. This translates into less ability to avoid a crash.
Cheaper tyres also tend to be made from less stable rubber compounds, meaning you’ll need to replace them sooner. In the long run, buying cheap tyres could be more expensive as well as being less safe.
If you need new tyres in Brisbane, visit Darra Tyres. If you have any tyre questions, contact Darra Tyres today.
Keeping your family and fleet safe on the road,