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How to Buy Appropriate Type of Car Tyres?

  • June 10, 2019

Buying car tyres is easy. It's finding the right ones for your car that can be difficult. Get it wrong, and you can hobble your car's performance and its ability to tackle any type of weather. Since car tyres usually need to be replaced every three or four years, here's a refresher course on how to make sure you're getting the right ones.

1. Check your tire size:

To get the maximum safety and highest level of performance out of your car, you should always replace your tyres with the size recommended by the car's manufacturer. This information can be found either in your car's driver's manual or located on the sticker on the driver's side door. You will also find all the information on your tire size and specifications as well as the appropriate tire pressure. You can visit to know more about Dunlop tyres.

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2. Speed of tyres:

Regardless of a tire's speed rating, load-carrying ability, size and construction, traction is the keys to safety. A common mistake is to select a tire without considering its ability to hold the road. Savvy consumers will balance a tire's traction in dry conditions, in wet conditions and in the snow. If you desire a high-performance tire but live in northern climates, consider a "winter" tire for driving in the snowy season. If you live where the weather is warm all year, a touring tire may suit your needs just fine.

3. Summer or winter tyres:

These offer their highest grip levels in warm, dry conditions, but are also designed to operate safely in the wet. However, if you're changing tyres during the winter, you may wish to consider specialized winter tyres.

These are constructed from a different rubber compound that stays supple at lower temperatures. Below 7degC, winter tyres will generally out-perform summer tyres in terms of outright grip. Winter tyres also feature tread blocks with small cuts. These cuts improve traction on both snow and ice enormously and will give greater control in the slipperiest of conditions.

4. Go to a branded retailer:

Though expensive, car dealerships and brand-specific tire stores sell the best quality tyres on the market. In addition, these retailers typically offer extensive service options and employ people who are well-versed in the type of vehicle you have or the brand of tyres you're purchasing.

John Brace

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