Tyre Maintenance and Purchasing Guide
Tyre shopping. It's not a particularly exciting proposition is it?
But considering how essential tyres are to the safety and performance of your car, making sure you've got the right rubber is pretty important. Whilst most of us can appreciate the benefits of tyres, there's still plenty of confusion and misinformation out there about when tyres need to be changed, how to do it and which brands to use. So we've put this blog together as a handy resource to guide you through the process. Let's start with some tyre myths!
Myth #1 " All Tyres Are The Same They may look similar, but different tyres can have very different personalities. Some may be performance-focused (at the expense of comfort), whilst others may be more suited to suburban driving. This means that choosing tyres to suit your car, your driving style and location is incredibly important " remember they're not identical.
Myth #2 " One Tyre Pressure Fits All Tyres need to be inflated at the correct pressure to deliver maximum performance and life expectancy. But there's no â€˜magic' tyre pressure or PSI as it's usually referred to. Your car should have a tyre placard that lists the correct inflation pressures for your original tyres. It will usually be located within the glove box, fuel filler flap or the driver's door opening. If you're no longer driving on the original tyres, you should find the recommended (or maximum) PSI level printed on the tyre itself.
Myth #3 " It's Okay To Mix And Match Brands You may have heard that it's safe to mix and match tyre brands and tyre models as long as they're on the same axel " e.g. the two front tyres or the two back tyres. However, according to the RACQ, â€˜mixing different brand tyres, even if they are of the same size and construction and fitted in pairs to the same axle, can dramatically alter the handling characteristics of a vehicle turning what would normally be a benign, predictable vehicle into an uncontrollable handful, particularly in wet conditions.'
Best to keep them all the same in that case " or at the very least ask the service team at your dealership for advice if you're not sure!