While we agree that all tyres look similar, when you take into consideration the vast range of tyre brands, car manufacturers, tyre treads and the contrasting prices of tyres, you begin to realise that there's clearly more to them than first meets the eye. Did you know, for instance, that a rib-shaped tyre tread (where the grooves run into the centre of the tyre in a rib-like pattern) are designed to drain water faster for better traction on wet roads? It's easy to see why there's a tyre for every different driving condition, including terrains, driving styles and, as highlighted, weather conditions, all designed to fit into your lifestyle and budget.
Most cars are fitted with all-season tyres as standard, but buying the right tyre to suit your driving needs and style can save you money and keep you safe, so it’s worth considering your driving requirements before you choose your tyre.
Fuel efficient tyres
Tyre manufacturers are always looking for ways to reduce rolling resistance (the friction that your tyres create as they move along the road's surface) to reduce fuel bills and CO2 emissions. Good news all round.
If you want fuel efficient tyres, look out for the ratings labels: A signifies the really good ones, while F means the tyre's fuel efficiency is not so good.
The most common tyre purchase is an all-season tyre (also known as an all-weather tyre), which does exactly what it says on the tin. The weather in England is never the most predictable, so it pays to be equipped with a tyre that can perform well in varying weather conditions.
Most manufacturers sell their vehicles with an all-season tyre (unless otherwise stated) as they are great for keeping on your vehicle all year round. However, although all-season tyres perform well on all kinds of roads, they are not specially designed for any particular weather conditions (like a winter tyre's performance in icy conditions). As such, we recommend investing in a set of winter tyres if the weather takes a turn for the worse and we're hit with long spells of icy, wet or snowy conditions.
Winter tyres, also known as snow tyres or cold weather tyres, are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Following a run of recent bad winters, from inches of snow to flooded roads, there has been a rise in people purchasing tyres to help manage those harsh winter driving conditions.
Using winter tyres can dramatically increase your vehicle’s grip and reduce stopping distance in wet, icy and snowy road conditions. Recent studies have found that stopping distances for cars fitted with winter tyres were reduced by up to 4.8m on wet roads and 11m on icy roads when travelling at 20mph, a significant and lifesaving distance.
Many 4x4s and SUVs are high performance vehicles which, like high performance cars, require high performing tyres. 4x4 tyres offer good grip in all weather conditions on the road, but don’t perform well off-road. For specialist off-road tyres see mud-terrain and all-terrain.
Mud-terrain (MT) tyres are specially made for the off-road enthusiast as they perform well on mud, rocks, gravel and snow. They are only suitable for limited road use, as they wear quickly and don’t perform well on motorways, so if you spend more time off-road than on-road, and you do little motorway driving in between, MT tyres are for you.
All-terrain tyres offer good performance both on and off-road. They are a great option if you travel a lot and live in a rural location or use your car to travel across bumpy and off-road terrains.
Run flat tyres
Run flat tyres, also known as run on flat tyres, are fairly new to the market and have become increasingly popular in the last few years. They are designed to resist the effects of deflation when the tyre is punctured, to ensure the safety of you and your vehicle.
Run flats are now fitted as standard by an increasing number of manufacturers (such as BMW and Mini), and actually allow you to continue to drive at reduced speeds for up to 100–200 miles after a puncture has occurred.
Due to their notable safety features, customers should expect to pay more for a run flat tyre than the standard equivalent.
High performance tyres
To maintain the performance and drive of a high performance vehicle, it’s really important that you pick the right tyre and brand for your car. TyresOntheDrive specialise in providing the right tyres to a wide variety of performance vehicles and we can supply and fit all makes and sizes up to a 24 inch.
Providing superior grip, superior traction and superior responsiveness in all conditions and at higher speeds, high performance tyres usually come hand in hand with high performance vehicles to complement both power and performance.
Improving handling, cornering and braking, these specialist tyres appeal to track users for their ability to improve driving at higher speeds in all conditions. Providing a much smoother and quieter ride, high performance tyres are a premium product with a premium price.
Creating an exhilarating ride whatever the road condition, high performance tyres have an innovative technology that improves the braking distance and prevents the tyre from overheating.
OE tyres are those that are fitted by the manufacturer and are very specific to your car, found on the likes of Audi and BMW. They are closely matched with the vehicle for noise reduction, improved comfort and grip for those drivers who spend most of their time on road.
Caravan and motorhome tyres
What's more, as caravan tyres tend not to be used all year round, they are prone to deterioration caused by exposure to the elements. Older tyres, and those that have been left to support the weight of a caravan over the winter months, may be cracked or crazed and need replacing. Like The Caravan Club, we recommend changing caravan tyres every five years.
However, unlike the normal process for replacing caravan tyres, where you have to take the wheels off your caravan and take them to a garage to get your tyres replaced, at TyresOnTheDrive we come to you, whether at home, work, or even on the campsite, to get your holiday back on track.