1. Thinking all tyres are the same
No one tyre will not be suitable for all types of vehicles. That’s why it’s important to know exactly which type of tyre will suit your car and your budget best.
2. Buying cheap tyres
On the whole, cheap tyres are more likely to get you into an accident that good tyres could have avoided. This is because they increase your stopping distance and are more likely to blowout due to their poorer quality.
3. Buying ‘performance tyres’ without knowing their Pros & Cons
- Grip is improved
- Handling is improved
- Increased braking distance
- Increased safety and technology
- Quieter and more comfortable
- Fuel economy is decreased
- The tyres will not last as long as ‘normal tyres’
- Far more expensive (especially name brand ones)
4. Buying the wrong tyres for your driving conditions or activity
When choosing the right tyres, you have to be mindful of what conditions you will mainly be driving in as this will determine the type of tyre you need to purchase.
Racing/ Performance: If you are needing to use your car for an activity like racing you will need performance tyres, these will increase your vehicle’s handling and grip.
Wet Weather: Driving in wet conditions means your tyres will take longer to heat up, this means it decreases the amount of grip your tyres have. Wet weather tyres makes it easier for the tyres to heat up due to their design which whisks water away more effectively
Snow/ Mud/ Ice: Tyres that are optimal for conditions such as snow, mud or ice typically have larger block patterns which increase their ability to grip. Some will even have metal studs – especially those specifically made for driving over ice. The downside to these tyres is that they are incredibly noisy.
All Season: If you’re planning to drive on multiple different conditions, or simply use your car to commute to and from work in a suburban setting, then these tyres are right for you.
All Terrain: If you’re driving an SUV or a light truck then these tyres are suited for you. Their tread patterns are bigger and the tyres are medium hardness, making them suitable for activities such as off-roading.
5. Buying tyres with the wrong specifications for your type/ model of car
If you would like to know exactly what size and type of tyres you need when purchasing a new set, look to your owners manual or tyre placard. The tyre placard can often be found in the glove box, on the inside of the drivers door, on the inside of your fuel cap, or under the bonnet of your car.