On previous blogs, we explained how to choose the best type of tyres for your car depending on the climate or season, and some of the brands available on the market.
A step-by-step guide on how to determine the correct tyre size for your car
However, in today’s blog we want to focus on the tyre’s size, since fitting the wrong size to your car can seriously compromise both your safety and that of others on the road. For that reason, we have prepared some tips to help you choose the best size for your tyres.
1. Pay attention to the numbers indicated on the sidewall of your tyre
Choosing the right tyre size is also very important in order to ensure the vehicle’s stability, as well as a smooth ride.
On our post on how to read the sidewall of a tyre, we explained all the figures and symbols that indicate the main characteristics of the tyre. If you know how to read the sidewall of the tyre, you’ll be able to select the ones that fit best, according to your car’s size, features, and engine power.
For instance, the first series of numbers that appears on the sidewall of the tyre indicate its measurement.
2. For better grip, go for wider tyres
The tyre’s width has a direct impact on its grip, and therefore it’s ability for cornering, braking and acceleration. The wider the tyre, the more contact with the road it has, which ensures an enhanced grip, thus increasing its handling and ability to manoeuvre.
On-road tests have shown that a wider tyre also provides better rolling resistance, over a narrow one at equal pressures.
So, it is safe to say that, overall, wider tyres and wheels are better for increasing your vehicle’s traction. However, these tyres can be more expensive in the long run, since they are heavier, bigger, so the cost of their replacement will be higher.
3. Always pick the same size for your tyres
If you already found the perfect size for your tyres, you should stick with that size when you buy replacements. Otherwise, it might affect your vehicle’s wheels, suspension, and cause severe damage to the braking systems, as well as leading to incorrect speedometer readings.
4. Ask your mechanic for advice
Ultimately, it is better to ask your mechanic’s opinion on that matter, since they can provide you with the detailed list of options, prices and models which best adapt to your needs. Usually, the best way to go is to follow the vehicle’s manufacturer instructions and choose the tyre size recommended by them. Our experts at your local Tayaria workshop can help you with this decision.
For further advice on how to take care of your tyres, go to your nearest Tayaria dealer or use our dealer locator tool available on our website.