They’re all round and black, so surely, they all do the same job, right? Apparently not…

Your car’s tyres are one of the most significant features on your car keeping you and your loved ones safe and comfortable on the road. Over the years, cars have evolved to include amazing safety features and some can now even drive themselves. But when you think about it, what is the use in investing in state-of-the-art braking technology if your tyres don’t have the resilience and grip to make the most of it?

While you may be tempted to buy cheaper budget tyres to save some dollars, it pays to purchase better quality, slightly more expensive tyres because they generally have better features. Here are some things to consider when buying new tyres:

Wet-braking performance: The performance of a tyre on wet road surfaces is an important safety consideration when choosing new tyres. Tyres with excellent wet grip have a shorter braking distance in wet conditions and offer more stable handling.

Grip versus durability: Each tyre varies in its tread pattern and rubber mix and there is a compromise between a number of requirements, such as grip and durability. Generally, a soft tyre provides better grip but also leaves more rubber on the road, so it won’t last as long as a harder tyre. Racing tyres are an extreme example: they’re very soft and practically glue the car to the track, but generally only last for part of the race!

Comfort and Handling: A comfortable tyre will have minimal noise and wobbling so look out for how comfortable the vehicle is with the tyres on.

Fuel Economy:  Tyres will impact the fuel economy of the vehicle so look for a tyre with low rolling resistance (LRR) as well as correct tyre pressure.

Tyre pressure: Over or under inflated tyres are more than three times more likely to be involved in a tyre related car crash that those than have been properly maintained, according to the US’ National Highway Safety Administration.

Tyre specification: It’s a good idea to get familiar with your tyre’s specifications by reading your car manual. There are around 50 types of tyres that come in a variety of sizes, specifically designed to fit onto cars, four-wheel drives, light trucks, utes and vans.

As you can see, there are many aspects to consider when buying new tyres and they could mean the difference between life and death if you need to stop quickly.

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