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What are the best tyres for my car?

Buying new tyres can be a challenge due to all of the options to consider. There are a lot of variables when buying new tyres, from summer, winter and all season models and numerous brands and prices. In this article, we are going to take you through all the different types of tyre, the different price ranges, best brands and different features of tyres that you will want to take into consideration when you are purchasing. 

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What are the best summer tyres?

Summer tyres are engineered to work at optimum levels in warm temperatures typically in summer.  They offer advantages such as improved speed and agility, increased cornering and braking capabilities, less grooving, less noise and they are a lot cheaper than all season tyres.

Thetirelab.com has rated the Continental SportContact 6 as number 1 which is a favourite amongst high-performance car drivers as it offers superb technical specs such as excellent dry and wet handling and as well as a reduced braking distance.

Another highly rated tyre is the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2. This tyre is designed for high performance vehicles such as sports cars. The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 has been labelled the best summer tyre of 2020/21 by Auto Express, with the tyre showing remarkable results in dry handling and rolling resistance.

What are the best winter tyres?

Just as summer tyres are optimized to work in hot summer temperatures, winter tyres excel in colder conditions. Some features that allow the winter tyres to perform in much difficult driving conditions are sipes built in to prevent aquaplaning and a deep tread pattern to improve grip and handling in harsher conditions, specifically snow. The compound that make up winter tyres are also made of a higher natural rubber content, providing a softer structure that can grip to harsher surfaces.

According to carmagazine.co.uk the best winter tyre is the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 the best winter tyre of 2020 due to very safe driving characteristics under all test conditions.

Alternatively Auto Express has voted the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 the best winter tyre of 2020. In the testing the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 came on top for straight aquaplaning, wet handling and braking and dry braking. 

What are the best all season tyres?

All season tyres are engineered to offer both the benefits of summer tyres and winter tyres to enable year round use. Summer tyres and winter tyres may perform better in each of their perspective months however the ability to use these tyres all year round make them more practical, convenient and cost effective in the long run.

Tyrereviews.com has carried out a test for all season tyres in 2020, with the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3 coming on top. This will be no surprise as the tyre excelled in wet and dry handling, as well as it coming first in snow traction. This shows that the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen 3 can excel in both climates. 

What are the best budget tyres?

The obvious biggest advantage of budget tyres is the lower initial purchase price making them more affordable initially.  Budget tyres would be best for drivers who only drive infrequently and therefore have low annual mileage. In terms of longevity higher profile car manufacturers make a longer lasting tyre, but this is often met with a higher price. 

Some good branded budget tyres include Autogreen tyres and Aoteli tyres.

What are the best mid-range tyres?

Mid-range tyres are an extremely popular choice for drivers with moderate annual mileages. Mid-range tyres offer excellent durability, but at a more affordable price than premium tyres as the brands still invest heavily in design and testing. 

Highly rated mid-range brands include Avon tyres, HankookSailun and Yokohama.

What are the best premium tyres?

Premium tyres are the most expensive tyre on the market initially but the performance that these tyres provide makes them well worth their value. Premium tyres are the most cost effective in the long run as you can get the most miles out of them before they wear down, the tyres are constructed out of higher quality rubber meaning they are more durable and the braking distance is considerably less than budget and mid-range tyres. Premium tyres are also the most fuel efficient tyres on the market.

The best premium tyre brands include Pirelli, Dunlop, Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear and Michelin tyres

What is the best tyre brand?

Bridgestone is one of the top tyre manufactures worldwide. They have a reputation for creating the best quality tyres on the market through themselves and other brands that they own such as Firestone.

As well as Bridgestone some other big names in the tyre industry include Michelin, Goodyear, Continental and Pirelli.

What are the most durable tyres?

Consumerreports.org has revealed that during their tests Michelin tyres stood out with all the models tested meeting or exceeding their mileage warranty. The longest wearing tyre came from Pirelli making it the most durable.

What are the best Eco friendly tyres?

Eco friendly tyres work by producing a tyre with a lower rolling resistance, this means that less engine power is used rotating the tyre saving power and fuel therefore less harmful emissions are produced.

A highly recommended eco-friendly tyre is the Bridgestone Ecopia range. Bridgestone claim fuel savings of up to 5.7%, as well as reducing your emissions.

What are the best run flat tyres?

Run flat technology is a very smart feature that enables drivers to carry on driving with a puncture for up to 50 miles at a speed of up to 50mph. This is done by reinforced sidewalls that stay rigid despite the loss of air from a puncture, making them very convenient and safe for drivers. 

Autoguide.com rate the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP as their number 1 pick for run flat tyres.

How do I find my tyre size?

The tyre size is located on the side of the tyre

  1. The first set of numbers represents width of the tyre in millimetres
  2. The second set of numbers is the height of the tyre sidewall as a percentage of the width
  3. The third set of numbers is the diameter of the tyre's inner rim in inches
  4. The last 2 numbers are the Load Rating of the Tyre
  5. The last letter is the speed rating

Should I use pre owned tyres?

There are a number of strict rules and regulations in place but it is legal to buy and resell tyres. There are some benefits to buying pre owned tyres such as it is cost effective rather than buying brand new ones. Despite this it is recommended that you make an investment on new tyres as pre owned tyres are typically less safe due to worn down grip and they will last nowhere near as long as new tyres will.

Cameron Carroll

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