All this week we’ll post articles as part of our tyre guide series.
Each section is aimed at helping new drivers make sense of tyre regulations and explains what you should be looking out for when maintaining your tyres.
Today we are taking a look at the best way to choose new tyres.
First off, buying new tyres needn’t be stressful or confusing. Granted that if you have never done this before then it can seem slightly daunting, however it is a fairly straight forward and simple process.
Do Your Research
Research which tyres you are going to buy can be as easy, to be with, as going out to the car and checking what is currently fitted – this information will be found on the side of the tyre along with the tyre size.
If you are happy with the tyres and wish to buy the same set again, there is nothing at this stage from stopping you do just that.
However, if you are interested in improving your drive – be it with tyres that offer more comfort, less noise, better braking or offer more fuel economy – a good idea is to either speak with a professional or go online.
Luckily there are plenty of online resources to aid you in your tyre research and, of course, the staff at Blackcircles.com are always happy to help you with any questions you may have.
When doing an online search, you will find that there is a host of tyre information at your finger tips. One important characteristic to look at is the tread pattern.
The tread pattern of a tyres plays a vital role in the performance of a tyre and vast sums of money are spent by tyre manufacturers in researching and designing new tread designs.
The Different Tread Patterns
Symmetrical – the names a bit of a giveaway as to what to what you can expect, appearance-wise. They have a consistent pattern on either side of the tyre. Generally, they are designed with small to medium-sized cars in mind.
Asymmetrical – this design has gained in popularity over the past decade. This has been due to the fact that a large proportion of modern cars have been designed with asymmetric tyres in mind. The tread pattern is particularly useful for improved cornering and handling.
Directional – this type of tread pattern more often than not features a prominent V-shape tread pattern. The purpose behind this is to effectively slice through water as well as enhancing a car’s acceleration and braking.
When Choosing Tyres Consider Your Driving Style
The tyre market today has more choice than it has ever had. Each category of tyre having been developed to offer solutions to different cars, weather conditions and circumstances.
When buying a new set of tyre, there are some important questions you will need to ask yourself. These include what your driving style is? What type of roads you drive on? Where in the country do you live?
Let’s say, for example, you live in a part of the country which is hit by a lot of rain – looking into tyres which have been designed to reduce the risk of aquaplaning would be a sensible place to start.
Or, if you are going to spend a lot of time in the car on motorways, then tyres which have been designed to reduce the amount of rolling resistance (between the road and the tyre – therefore lowering fuel consumption) would, most likely, be of interest to you.
One recent initiative launched in the EU that has helped with deciding which tyres to purchased was the tyre labelling regulation.
Through standardised testing and scores on specific criteria you can gain a quick understanding of which tyres perform best in specific circumstances. Tomorrow’s article will look at this regulation in more detail.