Choosing the correct tyres for your vehicle increases its performance, safety and fuel efficiency There are multiple factors influencing which tyres are best for your vehicle including the climatic conditions, your driving style, the type of roads, the speed you like to travel at and your braking habits. Talk with your friendly mechanic on the Gold Coast if you have any doubt about which tyres are best suited for your car.
The choices available are a bit overwhelming, but by following these ideas you will be able to select the right tyres:
No one tyre is perfect for all conditions, but there are a few types to choose from, all season, summer and winter tyres. Most people buy all season tyres as they’re good all year.
All Season Tyres
All season tyres are made to suit the average conditions, but are not outstanding in any one area or way. They deliver a good, well-rounded performance and are designed for all weather situations and a long mileage. They’re normally found on sedans, mainstream cars and SUV’s.
Performance all season tyres are usually fitted to newer cars with enthusiast appeal and upgraded wheels. They are usually better at speed cornering, but often do not last as long as standard tyres.
Ultra-high performance all season tyres come with the higher speed ratings and are made for high performance and sports cars. They are designed to be used at higher speeds and have good road handling and wearing properties.
Summer Tyres are designed to be good on vehicle handling and braking in wet and dry conditions, but are not good in snow, ice or mud. Often the difference between these and all season tyres is difficult to detect.
Winter Tyres have outstanding mud and snow gripping abilities, but are only fair on sealed roads with poor braking compared with all season tyres. The tread contains slits called sipes and looks busier than those on all-season tyres. They need to be in sets of four to optimise braking and handling.
All Terrain Truck Tyres
These tyres are designed for hauling and towing and usually fitted to light to heavy Utes and SUV’s, your mechanic on the Gold Coast will be able to advise you which ones are most suited to your needs. They feature more aggressive tread pattern’s to help with off road situations.
The correct tyre size can be found in the owner’s manual or the specification tag on your vehicle. If you can’t find it check the manufacturers website.
The tyre label will look a bit like 165/55 R17 94H. 165 is the width of the tyre, 55 is its sidewall aspect ratio, R tells you it’s a radial tyre, 17 is the internal diameter. 94 tells you the maximum weight and H is the road speed.
It’s best to match the tyres size to your wheels and vehicle, but you can upgrade the load capacity and speed rating
Quality and Price
With vehicle tyre’s, you usually get what you pay for and tyres should have the same tread depth and pattern on each axle for accurate steering and breaking. Premium tyres are more expensive, but you get 25 ,000 to 30,000klm. Budget tyres average 12,000 to 15,000klm