Great tips for buying tyres (Part 2)
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Last month, we wrote great tips for buying tyre part 1. Now it's time for part two!
As tyre experts, we enjoy sharing our knowledge. If after reading our articles, you still have unanswered questions or would like further advice, contact us for more information.
5. Balance appearance and handling when it comes to wheels
Rims are continually improving in popularity as a vehicle customisation. If your wheels are quite damaged and worn, we recommend that you should look into replacing your rims when you renew your tyres
When purchasing rims, often our first thought is how they look. But, it's important to consider other elements like the size. It's best to match your rims to your manufacturer's recommendations closely.
Many opt for larger wheels, but this isn't best for vehicle handling as it lowers the tyre's aspect ratio (height to width). Lower tyre aspect ratio can result in a more bumpy, noisy ride. Also, a larger wheel is heavier, which can negatively impact your vehicle's fuel efficiency.
So, it's best to ensure that you don't compromise safety and handling for the sake of appearance.
6. Replace all your tyres at once
Tyres work best as a matching set. That's why it's best to replace all your tyres at once instead of just the most worn.
Having all four new tyres make it easier for maintenance and can improve the handling of your vehicle and increase safety.
7. Don't forget your spare!
We often forget our spare tyres - out of sight, out of mind. But, when you replace your tyres, we suggest that you get your spare inspected. The tyre expert will let you know if it's okay, or if it needs replacing too.
8. Remember to break in your new tyres over time.
It's important to break-in your tyres before you even think about pushing them hard. We suggest that 1000 kilometres are enough to break in your tyres.
The reason why we think breaking in tyres is essential is because of the release agent that is used when they are being made. This release agent can leave a residue on your tyres which can result in your tyres having less grip. Be particularly careful in wet weather.
9. Maintenance is key
After purchasing a new set of tyres, it's a good idea to practise proper tyre maintenance. A well-maintained tyre will not only last longer but will perform better, resulting in better fuel efficiency and safety.
To maintain your tyres, make sure you:
Maintain proper air pressure - keeping your tyres inflated will prevent your tyres from unnecessary and uneven wear, prolonging their life and fuel economy.
Regularly rotate your tyres. A good rule of thumb is to rotate your tyres when you change your oil.
Check your tyres regularly for signs of uneven wear, crack, bulges or punctures.