What are the best tyres for my car?

Friday 5th July 2019

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A task that’s never top of anyone’s list, buying new tyres often comes at the most inconvenient of times – and usually in quite urgent circumstances. But when buying new tyres, it’s important to know which you should choose for your car – from tyre size to vehicle manufacturer recommendations, learn how to choose the best tyres for your vehicle now.

Which tyres do I need for my car?

Most people ask; which tyres are right for my car? There are various factors to consider when it comes to choosing the best tyres for your car. Some of these include:

  • Seasonality

Summer tyres, winter tyres or all-season tyres – how do you know which to choose? It’s often down to the rubber compound of the tyre that determines whether a tyre is manufactured specifically for summer or winter use – meaning there’s often increased grip and better handling for the different seasons. However, it’s common that during their opposite seasons, both winter and summer tyres do not work as effectively – meaning they’ll likely need to be changed halfway through the year.

So, what’s the solution? All Season tyres – a middle ground between summer and winter tyres and the perfect choice for countries with moderate yearly weather patterns. Discover more about the benefits of all-season tyres

  • Tyre Size

Tyre size is one of the most important factors in choosing the correct tyres for your car. Learn everything you need to know about tyre sizing including what the numbers on the side of your tyres mean.

  • Premium or budget tyres

Budget and premium - what’s the difference between the two? On the surface, it’s apparent that premium tyres cost more money than budget tyres. And when it comes to replacing your tyres, it’s often because they are near their legal end of life or they have suffered a puncture – so initially, you’re more likely to be swayed to buy budget tyres in order to save money.

Budget tyres offer an affordable option which may suit your vehicle or driving style better (if you drive shorter distances, for example). All budget tyres that Formula One Autocentres stock have been subjected to sufficient safety tests and checks, meaning the tyres are all legal and of a quality standard.

However, research has proven that budget tyres are less likely to perform as well than premium tyres in certain conditions, such as on wet roads where stopping distances are likely to be increased. Premium tyres are therefore often subjected to more rigorous safety testing than budget tyres to ensure they perform optimally in compromised driving conditions.

So why are premium tyres often perceived as a better choice? Through years of extensive research and development in tyre technology, leading tyre manufacturers have developed various tread patterns and rubber compounds to improve performance and safety on the road and it’s this investment that is often reflected by their price.

  • Brand and model

And of course, there’s a plethora of well-established manufacturers that all provide excellent quality tyres to decide between. So how do you choose the best branded tyre for your car?

When leading manufacturers develop tyres, they’re tested for their performance on the road, and from there, various vehicle manufacturers will recommend specific tyres that best match the characteristic and performance of their vehicles. For more information on this, contact your vehicle manufacturer.

And whatever tyres you decide are best for your vehicle, make sure to not forget about the spare wheel, too!

Tyre after care

Once you’ve chosen the best tyres for your vehicle, it’s important to ensure you keep up a level of maintenance and health care for your new tyres. This will ensure that they last as long as possible, remain legal and perform to their best ability.

Find out how to improve your tyre life, how to check tyre tread depth and how to buy tyres from Formula One Autocentres today.

Looking for new tyres to buy? Find a wide selection of budget and leading manufacturers’ tyres online today – or alternatively, locate your nearest centre today and pop in and see us.

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