How to make sure you buy the tyres best suited to your vehicle

By Mariana Saenzpardo

Any car enthusiast will know that not all tyres are created equal. However, the quality of tyres is an issue that should be of importance to anyone who drives, as the tyres on your car have a direct effect on safety in wet conditions, stability, the degree of comfort you have on the road, cornering and general road handling. A car with the wrong tyres will not only feel lacklustre to drive, but its safety could be compromised.

Tyres best suited to your vehicle

The first thing to do is to establish what size tyres you need. Your car manual should explain how wide the tyres should be, and the tyres themselves will be labelled with a number of measurements relating to the diameter of the wheel rim and the maximum load the tyre can support. The aspect ratio, or the tyre's profile, is a measurement given as a percentage, to indicate the width of the tyre in relation to its height. In general, a tyre with a low profile, that is short sidewalls to width, delivers good handling and a firm ride, but it can be pricier and more noisy than tyres with aspect ratios that are higher.

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The quality of the tyre is also important. Tyres that are sold in the UK must meet rigorous safety requirements, but better tyres last longer and generally perform better on the road. The best quality, or premium tyres, benefit from superior construction methods, the finest materials and hefty investment in design, technology and research, to ensure these tyres will last longer, stop faster, save fuel and ensure a smooth, quiet and safe driving experience.

How the tyres wear is critical, and this should be examined at car servicing intervals to ensure there is plenty of tread to pass the car's annual MOT. If you are asking yourself 'when should my car be serviced?', it will depend on the vehicle and the conditions it is driven under. However, once your car reaches three years of age, it must pass an annual MOT.

At Protyre, we have staff with years of experience, who can help you with all decisions regarding tyres, and they can also perform MOTs and provide free MOT retests.

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Choosing the Right Tyre Made Easy

When it comes to your car's safety and performance, tyres can play a huge role. That's why we've put together a collection of helpful articles to guide you through the process of selecting the perfect tyres for your ride and maintaining your vehicle in general.

If you're looking for a smoother, more luxurious driving experience, premium car tyres might be the way to go. Or, if you want added security against flats, run flat car tyres could be your best bet. Trying to decide between summer car tyres and winter car tyres? We've got you covered there, too.

We also dive into the world of tyre brands, comparing top manufacturers like BF Goodrich tyres, Bridgestone tyres, Continental tyres, Dunlop tyres, Falken tyres, General tyres, Goodyear tyres, GT Radial tyres , Hankook tyres, Michelin tyres, Pirelli tyres, Runway tyres, Sumitomo tyres, and Toyo tyres.

But we don't just stop at helping you choose the right tyres – we also share tips on how to keep them in tip-top shape. From checking your tread depth and keeping your tyres properly inflated to extending their life through regular rotation and balancing, our articles have got you covered.

So, whether you're a car enthusiast or just looking to keep your vehicle safe and reliable, our car help and advice articles are here to help you make informed decisions about your tyres. Check them out and feel confident in your tyre choices!

If you have any questions about what sort of tyres your car should have, ring our friendly staff and book a free assessment. Protyre operates more than 100 garages and our large network is sure to have a convenient garage near you. Relax with our fully qualified mechanics, and the famous Protyre service that includes free MOT retests.

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Mariana is a Digital Marketing Specialist for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protyre website.
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