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What to Know Buying Car Tyres

When it comes to buying new tyres for your car, do you know exactly what you need before you make your purchase? Here are three things you should consider before buying your tyres.

The Size

When it comes to buying new tyres it is important to buy the right tyres for your car, you will need to have a clear dimension of what you’re looking for. This means you will need to know what size tyres you are looking for, you can find the current dimensions on the sidewall of your car printed in raised lettering. It should look something like the following ‘225/50 R 17’ in this example ‘225’ refers to the width of the tyre in millimetres, while ‘50’ is the side profile, the ‘R’ simply refers to the radial construction, and ‘17’ is the diameter of the wheel rim. Make sure you’re certain what size of tyre you’re looking for before you buy new models. There’s no room for error when it comes to this detail.

Speed Rating and your Insurance

As well as size, make sure you pay attention to the speed rating of your tyres to make sure they are suitable and in the legal limit. It is always best to check the labels on your tyres to make sure they meet the required performance standards. These labels are intended to help you understand how different tyres can perform in terms of safety, comfort, fuel economy and more. Although they can appear confusing at first, they are in fact easy to understand as long as you know what you’re looking for. There are three main elements to these labels that include;

    • Fuel Economy - This will show a grade A to G, with A being the most efficient and G the least. It is best to purchase tyres with the best efficiency rating
    • Wet Grip - Again this will show an A to G rating, meaning how effective your tyres will be when you brake in rainy weather. The difference between each letter is around 2.5 metres if you’re travelling at a speed of 50mph.
    • Noise - An overall decibel rating is provided in clear, large white numbers, that refers to external noise. Be aware that the quieter tyres are externally, the less sound interference there tends to be within cars.

Get Your Tyres in Pairs

      There are a number of reasons why you should have your tyres fitted in pairs, from balance and stability to even wear and tear. The front two tyres are fitted to the same axle on your car, as are the rear pair, if you have a worn tyre with 4mm tread on one side, and a new tyre with 8mm tread on the other, the balance between the tyres won’t be right, leaving you with an uneven, unstable drive. This could cause you issues while you’re out and about from an unpredictable drive at best, to being uncontrollable in emergency situations at worst. That’s why it’s also important to make sure that the tyres on each side of the axle are the same size and brand, with the same tread pattern and ratings.

Tyre Types

    It’s important to choose the right set of tyres for the climate that you’re currently in. You’ll also need to match your driving style. Tyres are generally split by summer, winter and all-season, which makes it easy to choose which one you need. However, there can be elements of confusion, especially when it comes to changing tyres for different seasons.

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