By Denna Bowman
With so many tyres on the market, it can be daunting working out which ones to buy, according to a report in the Independent newspaper.
But vehicle owners should follow some basic information about the right tyres for their cars, according to the Insider Column, which is written by Which?, the independent consumer champion.
It recommends: “You can only fit the size and specification of tyre recommended by the manufacturer for the wheels on the model you drive.
“Never fit tyres that are a different size or speed rating from those specified by the car manufacturer, and don’t use a mixture of tyre types without first checking your car’s handbook, or asking a reputable dealer. “
Which? carries out a series of rigorous tests to find the best on the road. “We assess how well tyres cling on when our test drivers try changing lanes and going through ‘s’ bends at more than 90mph”, says Which? car editor Richard Headland.
“We test to see how quickly they allow you to stop – both in the dry and in severe wet conditions, on tarmac and on concrete.
“We also check how easily the tyres slip when accelerating in standing water 7mm deep. And we ask our testers to see how fast they can go round a circular track, covered with standing water, before the car skids off.”
The column recommends shopping around to get the best price and suggests vehicle owners can get a wider range from online or national suppliers.