Tips and advice to buy the right tyres - Choosing tyres : It's not so simple

Choosing tyres : It's not so simple

Buy the right tyres Philippe Carval

How do you choose your tyres? Faced with such a thorny issue, many drivers find themselves lacking information, with no convincing answer or thinking: “Shall I just fit the same ones?” The basic question remains the same: what factors should be taken into account when choosing a tyre?

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For tuning fans, this means a tyre that meets aesthetic considerations; a father will favour the safety aspect whereas for most of us, the economic aspect will be the priority.

Choosing tyres is more complex than it may seem. One only has to look at the large range of tyres offered by manufacturers. These are all legitimate issues, which we will try to answer simply.

The choice of tyres to fit to your vehicle will depend on several criteria:

  • Your driving style
  • The surfaces on which you drive most often
  • The frequency and level of rainfall in the region you live in
  • Temperature conditions, etc.…

The performance stated for a tyre will vary according to the environment encountered. This environment includes the above-mentioned points.

Performances will therefore differ according to whether you are faced with high temperatures, dry, wet, snow-covered or icy surfaces. For this reason, it is essential for safety, for fuel consumption and wear on your tyres to take account of all these elements when choosing your tyres and to adapt your choice to the season.

Winter tyres: not only for snow

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The choice of winter tyres is also subject to a range of specific considerations: it differs from a summer tyre, with rubber that remains supple in low temperatures, and its tread pattern which provides greater traction and braking in the snow, and in general, better grip on cold surfaces. It is recommended to use winter tyres when the temperature regularly falls below 7°c, as at this temperature, known as "glass transition", the rubber in a summer tyre hardens and loses its grip.

Winter tyres are thus not only for use when driving in the snow. They are suitable for any vehicle that drives in changing weather conditions during low temperatures.

On the other hand, the rubber in summer tyres and their tread pattern offer greater braking efficiency on dry roads and during mild temperatures.

Whatever the season, a tyre should never be chosen lightly; an expert should be consulted. He will be able to advise you and answer your questions as accurately as possible, as long as you specify your request.