Buying car tyres is something few people have a real interest in, they are often seen as an inconvenient cost. Often people will put off buying tyres for as long as possible, some of whom will only replace them when their vehicle has failed it’s MOT for tyre related issues. This is not only very dangerous, it’s illegal and irresponsible.
As a driver you have a legal obligation to make sure your tyres are safe and legal. In the UK the limit for car tyre tread is 1.6mm. However, we would recommend you replace tyres when they reach 2mm of tread at the very latest – ideally 3mm would be prefered. When car tyres wear, their performance is compromised in all areas – especially so in wet weather, where worn treads simply can’t channel away standing water as well. This is what causes aquaplaning.
Should you buy budget or premium?
This really depends on a number of things. If you drive a high performance car, then it’s probably best to stick with premium tyres. If you drive a lower powered vehicle, then maybe your options open a little more, and possibly budget tyres make more sense to you. You need to consider a number of things. Premium and mid-range tyres will cost more than budget tyres. However, they can often work out more cost effective in the long run, as they often last longer (excluding softer, ultra high performance track orientated tyres).
Premium tyre manufacturers such as Michelin plough hundreds of millions of pounds a year into developing their tyres. Not only could a premium tyre last longer, they are also considered more stable in terms of safety as they wear. Some budget tyres road holding ability in a range of conditions, especially in the rain, can seriously be compromised when they get down close to the legal limit.
What about mid-range?
Mid range tyres are an excellent compremose. You don’t want to pay for premium tyres, however you’re not sure about budget tyres. Often mid-range tyres are brands you have heard of, which can give a little more reassurance.
What do we recommend?
We recommend buying the best tyres you can comfortably afford. They are the only things which keeps you in contact with the road, they have to deal with all sorts, from potholes, icy cold winter mornings, downpours and sitting water, mud, ice, snow and more. Make sure you check your tyres regularly – not only for wear but for any damage, cuts and bulges in the tyre wall.