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Choosing Tyres

Tips To Help Drivers Pick The Right Tyres For Their Vehicles

When people think of tyres for their vehicle, many don’t see them as anything more than parts that help get them from point A to point B. However, vehicle tyres play a huge role in getting you to and from those places safely.

Bear in mind that the only part of a vehicle that touches the ground at all times is the tyres. They respond to your actions and play a huge role in safety and fuel consumption. They are a critical aspect – one that needs not to be overlooked!

And, it would be nice if the vehicle tyres lasted forever, but they don’t. Like everything else in life, they have an expiration date. This “expiration date” varies based on an array of factors ranging from weather to road conditions to landscape.  Another critical aspect in tyre lifespan is your driving style. If you brake hard often, you’ll wear the tread on the tyres out quicker.

How important are tyres to your vehicle’s safety performance? Consider this, they are regarded just as important as the anti-lock braking system, airbags, and seatbelts. When it comes to important car parts, they are regarded just as important as the engine.

This is why you must be “picky” when it comes to buying new or replacement tyres.  You might think that more expensive tyres means better quality. Not so! This is fallacy thinking and could lead to a tragic accident.

Yes, buying tyres can be a challenge as there so many brands, styles and prices to consider.  However, if you can keep the following eight tips in mind offered by Tyre Baron, the process will go a little smoother and you’ll feel at ease that the next set you buy will be the right ones.

Tips To Buying New or Replacement Tyres On Your Vehicle

Pick Tyres Based On Your Vehicle Model

There are all kinds of vehicle models on the market, and as such, there are tyre models that are ideal for them. For instance, if you drive a passenger car (Toyota Camry), you don’t want to buy an SUV or sports tyre. If you drive a big truck (Ford F250), you don’t want a passenger truck tyre.

Make sure that the tyre you choose aligns with the type of vehicle you are buying for.

Choosing Between Original vs. New Brand Tyres

Most people, when buying a vehicle, don’t consider the tyres. They are more concerned with the engine, braking, headlights, and even the stereo system. Tyres are considered an afterthought in the buying process.

It won’t be long after you buy a car – be it a dealership or private sale – that you’ll need to replace the tyres.  Do you go with the original tyre brand or a new brand? The real question should be how do you feel about the original tyre's performance.

The original tyres were made for your vehicle, which means they were the best choice.  If you liked how they performed – both in terms of ride quality and handling – then why choose anything different? If you’re going to replace them, review the driver’s manual or search the Internet to learn what tyre model is needed.

However, if you’re not happy with the handling and ride quality, or if the tyres are no longer being produced, then a new tyre brand will be a necessity.

Learn Your Vehicle’s Tyre Size and Type

In order to get the right tyres for your vehicle, you need to know what tyre size and type the manufacturer recommend.  You must make sure that the tyre you get properly fits the wheel.

There are two primary ways to find this information:

  • Look at the current tyres on your vehicle. This information can be found on the sidewall. It’ll have a combination of numbers and letters such as 25/55R17.
  • Look at the placard on the driver’s side door, in the glove box or under the hood. (Each automobile manufacturer places this information in various locations.)

Once you know what the right tyre size is, go to the Tyre Baron website and insert the information into the search bar. Click on search and you can review all the available tyres in your size.

Focus On Handling, Comfort, and Reliability

Tyres do help to make sure you get from point A to point B safely, but you also want to get there comfortably. You need tyres that are reliable and offer easy handling. Go with tyres that are resilient and can hold up for a long time. You not only save yourself money (in the grand scheme of things) but potentially save your life too.

Before you buy any tyre, check out customer feedback and reviews to ensure they will improve the vehicle’s braking and handling capabilities.  What is being said about their performance in dry and wet conditions?

You should get tyres that won’t make a lot of noise as well. You certainly don’t want to be driving long distances with tyre background noise. Talk about an uncomfortable trip.

Tyre Baron provides in-depth descriptions of tyre models as well as customer reviews. It’s recommended that you read the descriptions and reviews to find the best new tyres for your vehicle.

Determine Tyre Type (Budget, Value or Premium)

The right tyre type is more preference than a recommendation. Every tyre is not the same with its own pros and cons. Some tyres will last longer. Others tyres offer a great road grip. Other tyres may offer amazingly smooth and quiet rides.

There is no one perfect tyre, but the more money invested in your type, the higher the quality. (Remember though, just because it costs more doesn’t mean it’s the best for your vehicle.)

Tyre Baron offers tyres of all types - budget, value and premium.

Your Typical Driving Conditions

Consider what the typical driving conditions will be when buying tyres. This will help you narrow down the choices? Is there a need for highway tyres? What kind of terrain will you drive mostly on?

Keep in mind that highway tyres are for paved roads – ideal for in-city and highway driving. Will you be driving on gravel, sand, rocky trails, etc.? If so, then you need to consider off-road or mud-terrain tyres.  An all-terrain tyre is ideal when you’ll be driving on and off-road.

You’ll also need to consider the weather. Should you go with all-weather (season) tyres or buy tyres for individual seasons – summer and winter?

Most people tend to go with the all-season tyres, which offers great wet and dry traction and can offer grip in snowy and icy conditions.

Winter tyres have a flexible, pliable rubber compound to protect it from cracking when temperatures drop.  These tyres of a deeper tread than other types and have sipes to boost road grip and traction in snowy conditions. If you choose to go with winter tyres, you’ll need to remove them when the weather is warmer.

Summer tyres offer amazing grip on dry roads and for high speeds. But, like the winter tyres, you’ll need to change them out when the temperature drops.

Buy Through Local Dealers Or Online Ones

The internet has made it much easier to buy things online, and that goes for tyres too. You have the choice of going from shop to shop to find your tyres or looking on the internet.  There is a significant benefit with the internet:

  • You have a more comprehensive tyre range and dealers to review
  • No middleman
  • Still high-quality
  • Often cheaper online

If there is a certain kind of tyre you want, the internet will help you find a reputable source that offers it. Always look at the price for both the tyre and fitting (which must be done by a professional).

Tyre Baron works with a network for tyre fitment centres to aid you in this process. Also provided is a configurator so you can pick the size that fits the car before suitable tyres are shown at reasonable prices. Make sure to choose the applicable tyre size, type in your zip code and pick how you want the tyres to be delivered (fitting station or home).

Once payment has been made, you’ll be notified when the tyres are ready.

Critical Point To Remember About Choosing Tyres

No matter what tyre you opt for, Australia legally requires a minimum tyre tread depth of 1.5mm. This is a very important consideration to keep in mind when searching for the right tyres for your vehicle. The tread is responsible in pushing water out from between the road and tyre.

Although there are various tyre construction styles, the same tread depth and pattern must be on both sides of the axle. If not, it’ll be harder to steer and brake the vehicle.

You also never want to mix tyre sizes or aspect ratios, as this can be a deadly mistake.

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