Your Guide to Buy the Right Car Tyres

By: Hassaan Javaid

“So you think you’re fully prepared to shop for new SUV tyres. Do you know exactly what you need to make a worthy purchase? Read on to discover essential things all motorists should be aware of when buying tyres for almost any vehicle.”

The tyre size matters

When shelling out for SUV tyres in Dubai, size really matters which is considered even before you pick the wheels for your vehicle. Come up with a clear idea of the dimensions by knowing the size of current tyres. Such information is imprinted on the tyre’s sidewalls, to the exterior edge in raised letters. Do note that the details are small and difficult to spot so you would need to scour the sidewall to find the relevant information.

It has to be something like ‘225/50 R 17’but the actual alphanumeric details vary per the type of tyre and vehicle. Here, ‘22f’ represents tyre’s width in millimetres whereas ‘50’ summarises the sides (measured as a percentage of width). The alphabet like ‘R’highlight construction feature of the tyre and here it’s for ‘radial construction’ followed by ‘17’ which is the diameter of the wheel rim.

Also note that every other figure is in millimetre except for the rim’s diameter which is highlighted in inches. Come prepared of the size you’re looking for before slipping head over heels over new and shiny tyre models. There’s no room for errors especially when making such a delicate purchase that directly relates to road safety and performance.

Speed rating impacts on the insurance

The next aspect to consider is speed rating which is the legally approved top-most speed of the tyre determined during quality assurance. When buying tyres for your own vehicle, be sure to go for the pair closely matching to the official/approved top speed. It’s however unlikely of you or any sane driver to drive on such a speed, the details are important for insurance purpose as well as to make the right purchase. Fitting low quality tyres can significantly reduce speed rating which further troubles you with the cover policy.

This information is also available on the tyre’s sidewalls, represented by letters on a scale which ranges between ‘A’ and ‘Y’, where each letter denotes particular speed details. Take for instance the alphabet ‘H’ which indicates the tyres meant to handle maximum speed of approximately 130 miles-per-hour. Difference of speed between each letter is nearly 6 miles-per-hour.

Check the labels

On finding the tyres that are just the right size and have a suitable speed rating, always check the labels to ensure they meet the performance requisites. Labels on a typical SUV tyre in Dubai looks similar to those you see commonly on items such as washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners and other sophisticated electronics.

They’re intended to make you understand the difference of tyres in terms of performance, safety, comfort, fuel economy and other such factors. Though understanding these can be confusing first, here’s what you should look for to make it easier:

  • Fuel economy
  • Wet grip and
  • Noise

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