How to Choose the Right Tyres for Your Vehicle
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Published by TOP4 Team
When you step into a tyre shop, you can easily become overwhelmed by the extensive range of available products presented to you. With so many makes and models of cars found in the country, it's understandable that there would be a vast array of tyres designed to ensure that each vehicle will have the right kind of tyres for its use.
Buying new tyres and replacing old ones regularly is important for a number of reasons. Using the wrong tyres or worn tyres can cause drivers to figure in accidents that can be fatal. According to the RAC, a tyre with the minimum legal tread depth of 1.5mm increases braking distance in wet weather by as much as 70%, compared to a new tyre. Tyres are constantly being improved and refined, and in the last 15 years the rise in the cost of tyres has been 20% less than the rise in the cost of living. So it's best to go out and get new tyres on a regular basis.
How can you be sure to get the right type of tyres when you venture into your local tyre shop? Here are a few useful tips:
1. Figure out the size of tyres that you need. In Australia, new cars (since 1973) have been fitted with a placard containing details about the manufacturer's recommended tyres for that vehicle, so you can easily get tyre shop staff members to help you determine the size that you should be looking for.
2. Pick tyres from a manufacturer that has shops or representation in several locations if you plan to take your vehicle out for long journeys. This way, you can always be sure to have a number to call for your specific tyre needs during your travels, wherever you may be.
3. Request a quote that contains complete details. The quote you receive should include the make and model of the tyre, its size, its load and speed ratings, fitting, wheel alignment, new valves, balancing, and disposal of old tyres.
4. Find tyres that correctly match the ones that are already on your vehicle. So if you should need to replace one, or if you have a problem with the new tyres' warranty, you can be able to match the other tyres on the car.
5. Ask your tyre dealer about tyre maintenance practices so you can be sure to know what to do for a particular set of tyres. Because tyres can be quite pricey, you have to know exactly what to do for them to maintain their condition so that you can get the maximum use and value out of them, and ensure that you can care for them for the long term.