What tyres you choose for your wheels matters, a lot. A good quality tyre will provide better performance in wet weather conditions, make shorter braking distances and give you enhanced riding comfort.
Of course we all like the idea of a tyre that grips well and lasts a reasonable amount of time. The question is - can you have your cake and eat it too? The truth is, when selecting tyres you’ll be faced with a trade off. Each tyre varies in it’s tread pattern and rubber mix so you will need to compromise between a number of requirements, such as grip and durability.
For example, if you would like to have more grip, you will need tyres which are made of a softer rubber compound. These tyres will give your vehicle better contact with the road. This means that you can accelerate, brake and corner faster without losing traction. The trade off? A softer rubber compound wears down faster so your tyres won’t last as long.
On the flipside, a tyre made from a harder rubber compound wears down slower but won’t provide as much traction and handling capability. This in turn, may compromise the safety of your vehicle. Nowadays, many makes of cars are equipped with crash avoidance braking features such as Antilock Braking Systems and Emergency Brake Assist. If this applies to your vehicle, you’ll be wanting to make the most of these modern features - so it’s important to fit good quality tyres and to also have the right tyres for your car.
Finding the right balance between trade-offs for your vehicle’s tyres can be a bit of a minefield. Fortunately, these days there is an excellent selection of tyres available which allow you to find that ‘happy medium’ tyre that will meet your requirements. Do you have a specific tyre in mind or are tossing up between a few? Why not take a look through our customer reviews
to see what others have found!