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Selecting the Right Replacement Tyres

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When it’s time to replace your tyres, it’s important that you select the right tyres for your vehicle in order to maintain its safety, fuel-efficiency and handling. At TyresOnTheDrive, we stock a wide range of tyres to suit all budgets. Whether you need replacement tyres in Birmingham or Manchester, we can supply and fit them for you.

In order to help you choose the right tyres, the experts at Michelin have created the following guide to tyre selection.

  1. When choosing your replacement tyres, ensure they are of the same size, load index and speed symbol as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
  2. Consider your climate conditions. Driving in rain, sleet, mud, snow and ice places different demands on your tyres than driving in dry conditions. If you live somewhere where driving conditions are regularly hazardous, consider a tyre suited to those conditions.
  3. Consider your usage conditions, as different conditions require different tyre characteristics. Urban driving puts a great demand on tyres, with increased braking and acceleration, so braking distance and longevity of tyres should be considered. Fuel economy is also affected by tyre performance, so choose a tyre with low rolling resistance to save fuel. Driving on main roads and motorways, again braking distance is an important factor to consider, along with comfort, noise levels and road holding.  For drivers of sporty vehicles, pay particular attention to grip and road holding.
  4. Where tyres are not being replaced in complete sets of four, tyre types should not be mixed across an axle. There are three different tyre structures; diagonal ply (Crossply), bias-belted and radial. It is against the law to use tyres of differing structures on the same axle, except when it is a temporary spare used in an emergency, and the vehicle does not exceed 50 mph.
  5. Fit the new tyres (or the least worn) on the rear axle of your vehicle, whether it is a front or rear, 2 or 4 wheel drive. This ensures better control and handling in situations of emergency braking or on tight bends, particularly on wet surfaces. Fitting the best tyres at the rear, the driver enjoys a substantial gain in safety.


There’s plenty to consider when you’re purchasing new tyres, so for even more information and advice please visit take a look at our guide to buying new tyres


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