Selecting the best-fit tyres for your car, SUV, pickup truck, van or 4x4 is crucial because tyres are the only contact point between your vehicle and the surface you are travelling on. The following guidelines can help ensure that your vehicle is fitted with the right type of tyres, as your safety on the road significantly depends on it.

Tyre construction

The construction of each type of tyre is different from others depending on the brand, make or model of the vehicle. Thus, it is always important to read the information that is often provided on the sidewall of tyres and consult a tyre expert (if you don't understand what the information means), before deciding to replace a manufacturer-fitted tyre or the original rim.

Before replacing your tyres, check your vehicle's speed symbols to confirm if the new tyres have an equal or a greater speed symbol. The speed symbol dictates the maximum speed at which the tyres can transport its rated load. 

Most car manufacturers usually insist that replacement tyres should be of the same kind as those that were originally fitted in order to maintain all-round safety while driving.

Driving conditions

Not all motorists drive under the same conditions. Many use their vehicles for basic transportation while some use their vehicles for off-roading activities such as desert racing, 4WD safaris along swampy valleys, conquering mountainous terrains, and so forth. While regular tyres will serve your vehicle reliably if you are only driving it on well-surfaced roads, you may have to fit high-performance tyres for your off-road activities. For the off-road vehicle tyres to work well, you may also have to lift your vehicle's suspension, so that larger wheels and tyres can be fitted. However, you might need to get a low volume certifier to inspect your vehicle before you can proceed to fit larger wheels and tyres.

Tyre tread depth

Tyre tread allows your tyres to have a firm grip of the surface that you are driving on. A loose grip of the surface can cause the vehicle to topple rather easily and hurt occupants of the vehicle. These days, most tyres have tread-depth indicators to indicate when the tyre tread has gotten to the minimum depth. In other words, these tread depth indicators allow you to check if you have adequate tread depth to ensure driving safety. If you are going for used replacement tyres, do not replace your old tyres with tyres that have any exposed cords as this may indicate that the replacement tyres hardly have enough tread depth.

Talk with typre consultants and professionals to ensure you have the proper tyre fitting