Tips For Buying Tyres

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Is it time to replace your tyres?

The tyres on your vehicle are your only point of contact with the road and are crucial for safe driving. Tyres should be appropriate for your car, safe and durable.  When it comes to replacing your tyres, here are some points to consider when buying new tyres for your vehicle.

Buy From A Reliable Tyre Retailer

You can buy tyres at a local tyre retailer or you can buy from an online tyre retailer such as www.eiretyres.com or www.tyre-guru.ie, who stock a wide range of high-quality tyres from well-known manufacturers at prices lower than other sellers, along with customer advice when you need it from experts to help you choose the right tyre for your vehicle.

Know Your Tyre Size

Make a note of the appropriate tyre size for your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s specifications. This should be in the car’s manual or you can check the sidewall on your current set of tyres. The tyre size will be made up of a combination of numbers and letters, for example 205/55 R 16 91 W.

205 The width of the tyre in millimetres

55   The aspect ratio in % (the height of the sidewall divided by the tyre’s width)

R     Radial (the tyre’s construction type)

16   The rim diameter in inches

91   The load index

W   The speed rating

If you are not replacing all four tyres at the same time, it is advisable that you don’t mix tyre types across an axle (the front tyres should be the same type, and the rear tyres should be the same type).

Choose tyres suitable for your climate

Some tyres, like summer tyres or winter tyres, are designed for use in a particular season, so consider the type of weather and climate you drive in. If you frequently find yourself driving in snow for several months of the year, you may need to purchase tyres that will give you extra grip in winter conditions. All season tyres are popular because they are safe and stable in all weather conditions.

Consider the tyre’s performance

Since 2012, all tyres have to bear an EU tyre label with information about the tyre’s wet grip, fuel efficiency and noise performance. Each tyre will be graded from A through to G and this performance rating allows you to compare different tyres for fuel efficiency, stopping distance on wet roads and how much noise the tyre produces.

Caroline Kidd

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