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Selecting the Right Tyres

Selecting the Right Tyres

With Winter on its way this would be a great time to go out shopping for brand-new tyres that will have you car back on the road. However, shopping for the perfect set can be quite a hassle and walking up and down stores trying to select the ideal treads is no ones idea of fun.

So how do you go about acquiring tyres that will greatly enhance your driving experience? Here are a few tips on how you can do just that.

Know when to replace them

Waiting for treads to wear out is a dangerous game, you are playing with your life and that of others. Experts say that the depth should always be above 1.6mm, so you should measure them regularly. This is especially true when using outdated versions of tyres that do not have a tread wear indicator bar.

Tread wear indicators show when a tyre begins to age, with two being the absolute threshold.

What do you use your car for?

We’re all different and that’s why we buy vehicles that suit our lifestyles. Some people just want something that will get them to grocery store and back, while others enjoy taking their cars to the track – and there is nothing wrong with that. However, when you select tyres that are not designed for what you usually use your car for, you’re in for a bumpy ride.

The great thing is most brands like Dunlop, Michelin and Continental offer different variations of products that provide a number of beneficial features. There are tyres that will reduce your breaking distance, optimise fuel economy, boost performance, and the list goes on. So when looking at a brand, it’s good to know how it is going to help you before you just go off and buy the factory spec.

What value do they provide?

No, we’re not talking about affordability. You can get your hands on some pretty inexpensive tyres only to find yourself back at the shop very soon, needing a new set. We’re talking about a quality to price ratio. Though there is no mathematics involved in calculating this, you should consider how much they’re going to cost you in the long run.

First you must ask how long they’re going to last – whether by consulting with various mechanics or doing your own research online. How and where you use your car will add to the wear and tear, but normally good, all-season tyres are said to have a lifespan of between 39,982 miles and 69,999 miles – anything in between this should be a good buy.

Now, with longevity done and dusted, evaluate their price. Because most of us like to acquire tyres from a place that will also do the fitment, find out how much it will cost for mounting and sometimes balancing your new set.

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