New tyre buying guide for beginners: All you need to know

Buying new tyres for your vehicle can be confusing for anyone. The reasons are a selection of brands, size and types of tyres introduced in the automobile market by renowned manufacturers. If you are not aware of different tyre types, it can be a bit difficult for you to buy tyres which are compatible with your car.

Before you visit a tyre shop or a tyre website online, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What tyres does my car need?
  • How many miles are you expecting your tyre to last?
  • What is your budget?
  • Should you do a straight replacement or upgrade your current tyre?

All-season tyres

All-season tyres are the most common tyres as of now all over the globe thanks to their flexibility of lasting all year long in different weathers. These offer a comfortable ride with good handling, quiet running and great grip.

Some drivers assume that since all-season tyres are designed to perform in any weather, they will do so in deep snow or extremely hot weather. While all-season tyres can maintain optimal levels of traction in moderate summer conditions or moderate cold weather, they are not recommended for harsh weather.

For instance, if your roads are filled with ice and snow, you should consider getting snow tyres for your car as they are designed to perform in such conditions which we will explain later in this article.

With all-season tyres, you are going to come across two different categories, high-performance tyres and grand-touring tyres.

HP tyres deliver exceptional handling capabilities. They are a bit sportier than the standard all-season and have enhanced road-gripping abilities. These tyres are designed for high-performance vehicles and sports cars.

Grand-touring tyres can be considered the lower-profile look of HP tyres but they provide greater ride comfort at the compromise of minor handling capabilities.

Winter tyres

Winter tyres or snow tyres are crafted to provide a smooth experience when driving on snow or ice. Whether the road is covered with deep snow or slippery ice, snow tyres will maintain great traction and will channel the snow out of the way. The tread used in winter tyres is aggressive and robust that can withstand tough conditions, from ice and snow to rocks and mud.

Don’t assume that any car with better suspensions or greater drivetrain system can perform better than winter tyres. Even if your car is equipped with an all-wheel drivetrain system and all-season tyres, they cannot match the traction provided by winter tyres on a two-wheel drive.

Winter tyres are created to deliver great performance in colder weather. This means, you will have to mount all-season or summer tyres when the temperature rises and it becomes warmer. If you don’t, the tread of the tear will wear down at a quicker rate and the ride is going to be uncomfortable.

Summer Tyres

The name can misguide a beginner. While the name of the tyre is summer tyres, it can perform well in many kinds of weather. You can expect them to endure the scorching heat of the sun, while they also maintain optimally grip in wet conditions.

What separates them from standard all-season tyres is their sharp steering response and enhanced cornering traction. Moreover, they also have a better braking distance. But these tyres are not created for cold weathers, as the temperature begins to freeze, you may notice inconsistent behaviour. These don’t grip the road perfectly. They might lose grip on a smooth surface as if it were ice or snow.

You can find a great variety of summer tyres. Some tyres will have a better speed rating, while some will possess a strong tread that offers great durability.

Dunlop SP Sport LM705 is a great summer tyre that is designed to provide quiet and smooth rides on roads and highway. Dunlop has used Shinobi technology in making of these tyres which suppresses the vibrations on bumpy roads. The larger tread blocks allow the tyre to absorb any shocks and jerks which in turn keeps the journey smooth and comfortable.