How to make sure you buy the tyres best suited to your vehicle
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.
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.
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.
Dean is a Regional Director for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protech Academy. The Protech Academy is a centre of excellence where the Protyre team learn the latest mechanical knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and develop their expertise to share with our customers at their local garage. The Academy is also designed to help us stay ahead of the ever changing automotive market by ensuring we have the best skills available to deal with advanced driver assist systems, hybrid/ electric vehicles in addition to all the new technology finding their way into our vehicles. During Dean's career he has worked for some of the biggest names in the fast-fit and mechanical aftermarket and as the man responsible for developing our people and their mechanical skills he is ideally suited to help provide advice in the latest in car technology and ongoing maintenance of your vehicle no matter how new or old it maybe.