When the first caveman carved a round shape out of stone and rolled it down the hill, sending his fellow cavemen below scattering, safety was probably his least concern (note: this is a fictionalised account of the invention of the wheel).
Nowadays however, safety is of paramount importance when we consider purchasing those round black coloured shapes known as tyres for our vehicles.
This blog looks at some of the do’s and don’ts involved when looking to buy new ones for your car.
When it comes to safety concerns – whatever the product – you are best off avoiding cheap items. This is even truer of tyres for your car.
Not only do they sometimes lead to increased stopping distances, they could also lead to lose of control in an emergency situation – something that would be about as gratefully received as a parachutist pulling his emergency cord only to see an IOU note stuck to it.
At the other end of the scale, you probably do not need to invest huge sums of money into Formula 1 standard issue.
A happy compromise can often be made between quality and price, just check sites listing price and quality comparisons online prior to making your purchase.
Pick A Quality Source
Obviously buying a tyre from Shady McShadyton down the road is probably ill advised, you have no way of knowing the quality of the various offerings on display and the tread will potentially be non-existent – possibly leading to a Bambi on ice scenario.
Instead, you should opt for a tyre specialist who has all the main brands, but is also willing to have a chat over which tyres are probably best suited to your car and the neck of the woods that you’re based around.
Four Is Better Than Two
As much as it may hurt your wallet to admit it, buying a full set of tyres is better than just buying a couple of them: if you look at this in poker terms, you wouldn’t exchange four of a kind for a measly pair would you? The same principle applies when buying tyres.
The new ones will have a better grip than the old ones so it is best to fit four new ones all at the same time. If you do opt to buy them in pairs, perhaps your wallet has already been opened and closed a little too many times this month already, then you should fit the new ones at the back of the automobile. This is true regardless of whether the vehicle is front or rear wheel drive.
You should then rotate them every 6,000 miles or so to ensure a balance in regards to general wear and tear.
Don’t forget to check your tyre pressure regularly too, regardless of whether they are brand spanking new or not.
With these things in mind you should be well clued up when it comes to next buying tyres for your vehicle.
Louisa Jenkins is an automotive expert who offers advise on tyres to those looking to replace their existing ones.