Choosing the right tyres for your car
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It’s always a pain when you need a new car tyre. Usually it’s because something has gone wrong – for example you have driven over something sharp or scraped the side of your tyre on a kerb. There’s never a good time for it to happen!
But many of us don’t then know what the best replacement tyres are for our car. Also is it best to buy two tyres rather than just one – or are we going to end up spending more money than we need to?
When considering the best kind of tyres for your car bear in mind that UK law requires your car to have with the correct type and size of tyre for the type of car you are driving and for the purpose required.
Let’s take a quick look at each of these now:
- Small to medium sized car
If you do most of your driving in town or cities, look for tyres with low rolling resistance. These are energy saving tyres that can save you up to 20% on fuel consumption if you tend to be in traffic a lot. It’s also better – and safer – to invest a little extra in tyres that can perform well in the wet.
But if you do a lot of motorway driving then make sure you get tyres that have good road handling capability.
- Large car or estate
These tend to be used by families so the main priority is safety. So ensure that your tyres have good braking performance, particularly wet braking. You will also want a tyre that gives you good road handling. If possible, try to get the OE (Original Equipment) tyres that your car was fitted with from new.
Also bear in mind fuel economy. Good quality tyres can help you to keep your fuel bills down so it can be worth investing a little more upfront to end up saving money in the long term.
SUVs tend to be heavier and taller than most standard cars, so your tyres will need to work harder when you either corner or brake. You therefore need to look for a good all-round tyre with excellent road handling characteristics, that is strong enough to balance the additional height and weight of your car. Also if you plan to take your car off road bear in mind you will need a tyre that offers good off-road handling performance.
- Sports car
You will need a tyre that can handle more demanding driving such as high-speed steering and cornering. As with the family sized car, you should ideally try to get as close to the OE (Original Equipment) tyres that came with your car as possible, because these tyres have been developed specifically for your car and will ensure its best performance.
Two tyres or one?
When replacing tyres it is often better to replace both tyres on the same axle at the same time. This means that there is a good balance between the two tyres which makes your car more able to handle emergency situations. Obviously don’t spend money unnecessarily, but if the other tyre on the same axle to the damaged one is likely to need replacing soon anyway then now might be a good time.
Either way, both tyres on the same axle must be of the same construction type. The most common types of tyre in the UK are radial and cross-ply, and these must not be mixed on the same axle. It is also best to have both tyres on an axle made by the same manufacturer, as build quality varies between companies and this will ensure even wear.
Finally, make sure that during the fitting process the replacement tyres are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
We hope that these tips help you to feel more confident about the type of tyres you need when the time next comes to replace one or more of them. If you need any extra funds to help with this remember that Logbook Loans offers a range of short term loans, that may be just what you need. Click here for more information or to apply online.