Tyres are a frequent purchase for vehicle owners, and they are also extremely important to ensure safety and optimum performance. With numerous tyre brands available, knowing what the correct tyre for your car and specific driving requirements is, can be quite challenging, but it does not need to be stressful.

Doing some basic homework before you buy tyres will help ensure that the right tyres for your vehicle are purchased. The first thing to establish is your driving style. Are you a fast driver, or is comfort important? What type of trips do you make? If you own an SUV, is it meant mainly for on-road or off-road driving?

Cars, 4x4s, minivans, and bakkies all require specific types of tyres, which only further shows the importance of choosing the right type of tyre for your vehicle. One of the best ways to ensure you get the right type of tyre for your vehicle is to speak to a professional, who will be able to advise you properly.

It’s also important to know the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. This information can be found in your vehicle’s handbook, as well as on the wall of your existing tyres. Once you have determined the correct size, consider the type of tyre that best suits your needs.

Google is also a great resource – there is a wealth of information and forums where one can get insight into the right tyre brand and model for your vehicle, although some specifications may not be available here.

At the very least, when you walk into the tyre dealership, you should already clearly understand how you drive and have some idea of what possible tyres might suit your vehicle. You will therefore be in a good position to benefit from the advice of the tyre dealership.

By Wanita Wallace