How to Choose the Right Tyres for Your Car
Having the right tyres for your vehicle can improve its safety and fuel efficiency which is why it’s so important to get the correct ones for your make and model fitted. The winter weather is hard on your vehicle, its tyres and its engine. Here are some tips to help you make sure it is up to the challenge. A few minutes’ maintenance could see your car through the worst the weather has to offer. I mean, think about it, tyres are the only thing in your vehicle that actually touch the road. This means that they are in control of your steering, breaking, acceleration and absorbing all the bumps that the road may throw at you. And when you’re responsible for transporting your family, from a safety perspective it’s super important to make sure you have the correct tyres for your vehicle.
There are many different types of tyres available on the market and not all of them provide the same level of performance. Certain tyres provide much better traction in wet weather or snow, while others provide smoother rolling at high speeds for better fuel consumption and reduced noise. During the Winter months, use four matched winter tyres that carry the mountain/snowflake winter tyre symbol. And with tread no less than 3.5 mm, even when driving a 4 X 4 vehicle.
Tyres marked with an M+S (Mud and Snow) are also acceptable. But they do not provide the same degree of performance as a mountain snowflake tyre in severe winter conditions. Winter tyres improve driving safety by providing better traction in snow, slush and icy conditions. Check for wear before installing the tyres and check tyre air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather. Check your tyres for general wear and tear, splits of bulges, and more importantly, tread depth.
Many people nowadays drive Fiats, if you have a Fiat, you should get tyres that are well suited. When it comes time to replace your tyres. Should you stick with the existing tyres, or should you look at other brands and possibilities? Ultimately, the tyres that come equipped to your car as standard will be a very good choice. The performance of the car improves if the tyres are a true match. This is because most cars tend to come with quality tyres focusing on overall parameters. If you live in the city or only use your car on highways (and other well maintained roads), this is ideal. On the other hand, you might want tyres with better grip and braking distance if you’re road surface quality varies.
Making sure you have tyres you can trust is essential. In 2016, dangerous tyres were found to be the largest single contributory factor in fatal car accidents in the UK. It’s also estimated that over 10 million UK motorists could be driving with illegal or dangerous tyres. This is because as your tyres wear down, your grip on the road reduces, and your stopping distance increases.