Replacement tyres for your car don't come cheap…and with so many brands of tyres available to the consumer at vastly varying prices, how do we know what tyre to choose. There are many factors to consider - price, brand, tread pattern, noise levels created, wet grip qualities.
Or is it as simple as purchasing the same tyres that came with car as original equipment?
It is important to first determine the right tyre for your car. There are generally four influences worth considering in a purchase decision for tyres. Let's take a look:
1) Original Equipment: OE, as it is commonly termed refers to the tyres that came originally with your car. Some brand loyal consumers will simply replace tyres with the OE product. In some cases, vehicle manufacturers will have tyres specifically crafted to suit the specifications of the car to enhance performance. Under a FleetPartners Novated Lease, we have agreements with established tyre fitment retailers to ensure you are given the best advice.
2) Tyre size: The size of a tyre can always be found on the sidewall of the tyre. Amongst a whole raft of codes, dates, brand and tread pattern, the tyre size will be clearly imprinted into the tyre.
3) Climate: The weather is probably the most crucial to a buying decision for a tyre as the type of climate will determine vehicle performance. For example, if you predominantly drive in wet conditions, you should seek out a tyre with good wet braking capability and aggressive tread blocks. Wet conditions also require tyres that can clear and escape water between the road and the contact patch of your tyres. It is important to provide your tyre retailer with the climate in your normal driving conditions.
4) Usage: On road, off road, driving on long flat highways, driving in winding streets, etc, all play a role in determining what tyre to drive on. Be sure to discuss with your tyre retailer on benefits such as comfort, silence and vibrations, good wet braking and longevity as considerations for your next replacement tyre purchase.
As with the other components of your car, general wear and tear is impacted upon by the weather, driving conditions and also the way you drive. There is no specific kilometre life span of a tyre - although you will hear the discussions of 'replace your tyres at 60,000 kilometres' or 'mine has clocked up 90,000 clicks with no troubles'.
So, when is the best time to replace tyres? It is imperative to regularly check your tyres for irregular wear, bruising, damage to tread pattern and sidewall. In Australia, the minimum amount of tread for passenger car tyres is 1.6mm (with most passenger car tyres starting out with 8-9mm of tread). It is best to seek recommendation from your local tyre retailer on when best to replace your tyres. They are best equipped to provide advice on tyre replacement.
There are many ways to look after and preserve your tyres throughout the life of their work. Here's how.
It is important to regularly clean your tyres, no matter the conditions your rubber faces day to day. Remove trapped stones and debris from tread grooves and clean mud from your sidewall. Doing this will increase the life of your tyre and reduce the chances of weathering of the compound and cracking of the tread.
Your tyres will wear differently to the next driver's on the road. Factors such as weather, road conditions, driver behaviour and load will impact this. It is advisable to rotate your tyres every 5,000km's to maximise the life of your rubber.
Check your tyre pressure at least once a month. Well maintained tyre pressure is essential to enhance the life of the tread of tyre and overall performance of your car. Remember to always check your pressures when the tyres are cold, and refer to your vehicle placard for recommended tyre pressures.
Tyres and wheels will cause vibration and reduce comfort and performance if not balanced. TO ensure a smooth drive and maximise comfort, it is fundamental to have your tyres balanced every time your vehicle is serviced - generally once every six months.
FleetPartners OneCall service is a convenient vehicle servicing system available for drivers with a FleetPartners Novated Lease. OneCall can take care of all driver related tyre queries and support.
Nitrogen inflation has typically been used in aircrafts, racing cars and industrial vehicles. There are definite benefits in filling your car with nitrogen - and good news is, most tyre retailers will offer the service.
The key benefits to nitrogen filled tyres vs compressed air are less tyre pressure checks for you and a more stable tyre pressure, increased safety in all weather conditions with the knock on effect being increased fuel economy and of course, increased safety.
If you follow these quick and easy checks and processes, you will get a longer and safer life out of your rubber.
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