Top 5 Things to Consider When Purchasing Tyres
Just like buying shoes for yourself, buying tyres for your vehicle is not as simple as picking them off the shelf and putting them on – there are a number of things you need to take into account to ensure that they are the best fit for you. This article will look into the things you need to consider when buying new tyres for your vehicle.
Type of Vehicle
The tyres that your vehicle uses are incredibly important, as they have a significant effect on the way your car handles on the roads. If you drive a family saloon car, for example, you will need different tyres than you would if you drove a high-powered sports car – different tyres are designed for different vehicles and purposes. Consult a professional to find out what tyres will suit your vehicle, as there is a wide range of models and manufacturers and it can be easy to get confused.
The way you drive your vehicle on the roads is also important when choosing tyres. If you own a performance car that you like to drive at the speed limits, testing its handling and braking, you will need low profile, high performance tyres that are designed to handle the extra wear that this driving style brings. For more casual, leisurely drivers, tyres with more rubber are recommended.
All-weather tyres are the usual choice for tyres, but if you live in an area that has a consistent climate or is susceptible to a certain type of weather, then look for tyres that suit them. Snow tyres have more defined grip, slick tyres have less grip for warmer roads, and studdable snow tyres use studs to help keep traction on extra snowy surfaces.
There is a wide variety of budget tyres available for those with less money to spend, and the word ‘budget’ can have negative connotations when compared to the premium brands that you see on TV. However, budget tyres can be a great alternative to expensive tyres, but keep in mind that they may not last for a long time. Premium tyres will be made from the finest materials and have excellent resilience, but when they need replacing, it can be quite costly. Weigh up the pros and cons of each before making your decision.
Tyre tread depth is the subject of stringent regulations. The tread depth on a tyre must not be less than 1.6mm, or you could be subject to a penalty of three points and a £2,500 fine. A simple way to test if your tread is the appropriate depth is to use a 20p piece – place the coin upright in the tread, and if the tread covers the outer band of the coin, it is of the right depth. Air pressure is also vital, and it is important that you monitor it carefully.
Tyres Northampton are proud to offer a wide selection of tyres for vehicles of all kinds of makes and models. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help.