Maintaining your car can be easy to some but difficult for most. Not only can it be expensive, but it can also require a lot of time to properly maintain. This is the same case with your tyres, throughout the lifespan of your car you are going to have to replace your tyres occasionally. There are a variety of reasons that you might need to replace your tyres, a puncture, a blowout, an accident or just good old wear and tear. When buying new tyres, there are a few things that you need to consider in order to make sure that you are getting the best value for money.
Singles VS Sets
The first thing we’ll address is the question of how many tyres to buy. Should you buy one tyre as and when you need it? Or should you buy a set of 2 or 4? We advise buying your tyres in sets, this is because it can contribute to maintaining balance between the wheels. You should always fit the new set of tyres to the rear axle of your car, this is because the grip at the rear of your car is the most important regardless of the wheel-drive.
Winter VS All-Season Tyres
Depending on the period that you are buying tyres, you might be tempted to purchase either a set of winter tyres or all-season tyres. Although it might be a clever idea to have various sets of tyres depending on the season, you should remember never to mix them. Tyres that are specifically built for winter have different grip patterns and specification compared to tyres that are made for summer for example. If you buy winter tyres, you should buy a set of 4 as mixing and matching with destabilise your car and might even unbalance the levels of grip.
When to replace
Your tyres are probably the most important feature of your car, and should be treated as such. They are in constant contact with the road surface and if not taken care of properly can lead to severe injury. It is recommended that you check the condition of your tyres at least once a week. To do this you need to be checking your tyre pressure, tread depth, sidewalls and signs of wear and tear. If you are ever in doubt, do not hesitate to ask a professional to confirm they are roadworthy.
When buying new tyres, you should always make sure that you are checking the speed rating, it is not recommended to fit tyres with different speed ratings. You should also make sure that the replacement tyres have an equal or greater load carrying capacity to what the original equipment manufacturer specifications. Finally, if you are ever in doubt, you should refer to your owner’s manual as it should include answers to every question you have.