CHANGING TYRES: HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYRE?
The choice of the right tyre depends on the type of vehicle, driving style, place and weather.
The First Stop network provides all the details, but it is advisable to bear in mind the following recommendations before changing tyres:
What type of vehicle do I have?
Every model of vehicle is different. The best tyres for the vehicle will depend on the payload, maximum speed and other characteristics. You must always choose the correct size and speed index. Our vehicle selector can help find the correct tyre. The size of tyre is engraved on both sides of the tyre.
Which tyres do I need as a sports driver?
For sports driving, tyres are required which cope properly with wet and dry road surfaces, and which give maximum grip and stability on straight and curved roads.
Driving frequency according to environment
Driving in an urban environment
In general, fuel consumption increases in the town. However, it is possible to save by choosing tyre with low rolling resistance. Moreover, as you brake and accelerate more often, durable tyres are needed. Finally, you have to ensure that the tyres provide a good braking distance, to deal with the demands of the urban environment (cyclists, pedestrians, traffic lights, etc.).
Habitual motorway driving is a sign that you drive faster than average. Tyres are needed for this with high performance characteristics, ensuring safety in any weather conditions. For long journeys, different tyres are needed, providing maximum comfort (low noise level and low vibrations).
Off road use
Sports utility vehicles need 4x4 tyres which are resistant to impact and give excellent performance and traction capacity, on or off road. For driving on roads, the best thing is to choose a tyre which provides a comfortable experience with some additional features.
What about the major part of the driving?
It is possible to choose between all-weather tyres or a combination of summer and winter tyres. These adapt best to the climatic properties of each season. Find out more about changing tyres.