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What Is The Right Tyre For Your Car?

You might think any tyre size can be fitted in your car, but to your utter surprise, that is not the case. Now you must be wondering how you will find out which tyre size fits your car. Don’t worry, we have gathered all the information you need to figure out what tyre size is right for your car.

Additionally, we will also answer some of the most commonly asked questions related to tyre size.

Tyre size dilemma: Can I change my tyre size?

Here’s what you need to know, the rims on which the tyres are fitted determine what tyre size is suitable or perfect for your car. This is accountable for the overall size of the wheel, which is directly related to the steering and suspension of your car.

Technically, you can change the size of your tyres if you are ready to change the rims of the wheels. However, you must keep in mind that you have to get your speedometer recalibrated to compensate for the change in tyre sizes. Of course, the pressure inside your new tyres may need to get adjusted as well.

Mechanic holding tyre for fitting

The risks of mismatched tyres

 

Never forget that you should not mismatch tyres on an axle pair. Many tyre experts recommend fitting all the same tyres in your car. And by "same,” they mean the same size and the same tread pattern. This has been proven to ensure the safety of drivers, their passengers, and other road users.

The problems associated with mismatched tyres are:

1. False and inaccurate readings on the speedometer

2. Affects the handling and acceleration of your car

3. Take a significant amount of time to get up to speed

4. Instability at high speeds or on ice and snow-covered roads

5. Risk of damaging the wheel bearings and clutch of your car

 

How can you find the right tyre size for your car?

 

After reading about the risks involved with mismatched tyres, you now know why it is crucial to fit the right tyre size in your car. We know it must be difficult to find the right tyre size for your car, as there is a wide range of tyre sizes available on the market.

There are many ways to find out the right tyre size for your car:

1. Check the sticker located on the inside of the driver’s door jamb. This sticker also has information about the correct tyre pressure.

2. Inspect the sidewalls of the current set of tyres. But if it is a used car, then there is no guarantee that the previous owner fitted the correct size.

3. Take a look at your owner’s manual or service manual.

Besides all these ways, the easiest way to find the right tyre size is to use our Registration Plate tool, and all you have to do is enter your car’s registration number. The tyre size options for your car’s front and rear tyres will be displayed on your screen. Our tool is mostly accurate but you can always double-check with the owner’s manual.

The next step

Now that you have found the right tyre size for your car, what you need to do next is select the right tyre type, which depends on the purpose of your driving.

You may need winter tyres if your city has severe weather conditions or summer tyres if the temperature in your city is usually above 7 °C. You may need all-season tyres if you want to save time and money from having different sets of tyres.

If you are unsure what type of tyre you need, you can connect with one of our tyre experts at the Tyre Savings Centre.