Every part of a vehicle is essential and tyres are among these parts. Basically, it’s the highest contributing aspect that enables a vehicle to move so of course it’s important that tyres are given the attention they deserve. When it comes to choosing, there are many various type of tyres for various kinds of cars in all sorts of sizes.

The road surface you will be driving on is one of the most important things to consider when choosing what tyre is best suited to your vehicle. Are you going to be doing a lot of motorway driving, off-road / dirt track driving or perhaps ice/snow conditions.
You can get advice on which tyre is best for you from your local dealer or tyre fitting business, but sometimes they may not be offering the best make for your requirements. Budget will of course come into it – and tyres are like many things in life – you get what you pay for! and it’s often wise to spend money to save money. Some of the more expensive tyre makes will last a great deal longer that cheaper tyres working out more economical in the long run.

The tyres you buy should need to match your vehicle’s performance as well as compatibility.

Get to know the new tyres labelling that is now compulsory on all tyres under a recent EU ruling. Tyre manufacturers now have to display performance grades on fuel efficiency, wet braking and external noise levels so that the consumer can compare different makes. But trying to interpret the string of numbers and symbols on the side wall of a tyre can present a confusing challenge for the average motorist.

The key information that you need is:

  • tyre size and dimension
  • maximum load bearing ability
  • the maximum speed that you should run the tyre at
  • winter markings – (if a tyre is specifically designed to operate in snow and mud). 

There are useful guides to the range of symbols on most major manufacturer’s websites.

Here in the UK we get our fair share of rain so it’s a good idea to research wet weather tyre performance. Look at tyre tread patterns and grooves, and research what the manufacturers say about the ability of the tyre to operate safely in very wet conditions.

Tying not to aquaplane when driving in extreme weather is virtually impossible, but many tyres now have “anti-surf” tread design which do a more effective job in sluicing away the water than others.

Choose to the right tyre size and dimension for your car

Using a combination/mix of tyres can be dangerous at worst, and at best lead to quicker wear.

For those of you with a 4×4, most manufacturers will strongly recommend you to use the same tyres on all four wheels – both make and size (unless your front and rear wheel sizes are different of course)

Match your choice of tyres to your usage 

If you drive a lot in an urban environment with lots of stop/starts, you will need to look for the tyres with the best braking distances and low rolling resistance to save fuel.

If your job takes you on long motorway journeys then you’ll need tyres that provide the best braking distances in both wet and dry conditions which are designed to be safe at higher speeds, and that offer comfort in noise levels and vibration. Interestingly, tyre noise over a long period can be a major cause of driver fatigue.

If you live on a farm or somewhere remote for example, or do a lot of off-roading then something like BF Goodrich tyres are an excellent performing winter & summer tyre for 4×4 cars and utility vehicles.