Tyres do not last forever as they can get damaged and over time, they wear and start to crack.

All these problems can pose a threat to us on the road so once our tyres are worn or aged, we need to replace them.

The most basic rule of investing is to do some research but if you don’t know how to start, here are a few tips on buying the right tyre.

1. Suitability

It’s always easier to refer to your vehicle’s manual or specifications to determine which features are suitable for your vehicle.

What is the correct size of the tyre?

Sometimes, you may find that bigger tyres look awesome for your car but be careful when you decide according to aesthetic pleasures because you might regret it.

If the wheels are bigger or broader than the car, they could be difficult to control the handling and would make the tyres noisier.

How do we decipher the code on the side of the tyre?

It’s all written on the side of the tyres, in codes.

For example, the code on the tyre is written as P245/40ZR18 so, the first letter indicates the function of the tyre and “P” means passenger car.

If not, the rest would be “T’ for temporary spare, “LT” for light truck or “ST” for trailer.

The next code is the three digit numbers indicates the tyre’s width which is 245 mm.

Next would be the two digit numbers, 40, the aspect ratio (the ratio of the height of the tyre to the width) and also known as the tyre profile.

The Z symbol is the speed rating but it can only be found on the Z-rated models but elsewhere for other tyres.

R stands for radial construction which can be found in almost all the tyres except for the ones used for classic cars.

Moreover, the two-digit numbers is the diameter of the tyres which is 18 inches.

We also need to choose our tyre treads

The treads on our tyres are not just for decoration but to prevent our vehicles from skidding when our wheels come into contact with a wet surface and also to provide our vehicles traction.

Tread patterns vary among tyres and each of them serve different purposes in which some specialise in better traction on mud, gravel or ice.

2. Cost

It’s only normal that we need to save money and we tend to purchase the best deals without actually thinking of the consequences and regret in the end.

What’s the best brand for you?

Tyre brands are divided into three categories which are premium, mid-range and budget.

Well-known brands such as Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone are premium tyres so they are more expensive and are high in quality.

Mid-range tyres are often developed under premium tyre manufacturers but their brands such as Cooper and Uniroyal may not be as popular like their premium counterparts but they are definitely less costly.

Then, there are budget tyres that are the least costly, only for short term because of their lower quality in manufacturing.

New tyres versus second hand tyres

Second hand tyres are sold at a lower price but the problem with them is that they are half-worn and may not last long so, you cannot guarantee the safety of using second hand tyres.

Make sure you check the warranty

Terms and conditions vary among different tyre companies so it’s essential to check them carefully in case the tyres cannot be replaced for given reasons.

Usually tyre companies offer a warranty of one year for their tyres.

3. Condition

The tyres may be brand new but it’s safer to check for any errors from the manufacturing.

Firstly, check the contact surface, which is the part of the tyre that touches the road, to ensure it has no cracks or small holes.

Also, make sure that the depth of the tread groove is not less than 1.6mm because it needs to prevent aquaplaning.

Finally, check the age of the tyres which can be found on the side.

For example, if the tyre is manufactured on the 30th week of 1997, it is read as 3097.

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