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What you Need to Know Before Buying Tyres

When it comes to safety and performance, buying the right set of new tyres for your car is one of the most important things you can do. Tyres that are expired or damaged can put you and your passengers at risk and compromise the sidewall of your wheels. On top of that, they can put extra strain on your engine and even affect the way your car handles on the road. It's also worth remembering that driving with a puncture or tyres that are past their sell-by is illegal and could see you facing a hefty fine, black points on your license, and even the possibility of having your car impounded.

If you need to replace your tyres, there might be a few more things to consider than you first thought. Read on to find out what you need to know before shopping for tyres.

Do you need new tyres?

Beyond a puncture, the first thing you'll need to know is if yours need replacing. The Gulf Standard Organisation states that if your tyre tread depth has reached the limit of 1.6mm, then they've got to go. However, some manufacturers recommend 3mm as the limit at which you'll need new ones. Blisters on the tyre can be another sign that they're weakening and could, potentially, burst. While cracks in the surface can be expected, swellings around cuts in the tyre surface may indicate an imminent puncture.

For many drivers, the first indication that their tyres are 'on the turn' is excessive vibration while driving. If this is the case, check yours for uneven wear and tear. This could point to poor wheel alignment and the need for a new set of rubbers.

Which type is best?

Once you've decided that it's time to replace rather than repair, you'll need to determine what type to buy. Most manufacturers and car service technicians recommend buying tyres as similar to the originals as possible. If you can, shop for tyres made by the car manufacturer, as these have been explicitly designed to distribute the car's weight evenly and enhance its handleability. On top of that, you'll need to know the exact size, diameter, load and speed ratings, and aspect ratio of the tyre you want.

It's also worth considering whether you want all-season, all-season performance, or ultra-high-performance tyres. Each of these comes with its own benefits and which you should choose depends greatly on your driving habits. For example, if you like to open things up on the highway, all-season performance tyres are probably the better bet. Alternatively, if you own a high-end or luxury sports car, ultra-high-performance tyres are the way to go.

What’s the simplest solution?

However, if you don't want the headache of all these considerations, the most straightforward answer is to book your car into an Al-Futtaim Auto Center. Our trained technicians know all the specifications to make your vehicle roadworthy and optimise its performance and handling. You can even discuss your driving preferences with them and buy the tyres that suit your car and your needs.

If your tyres are completely past it, and you can't get to an Al-Futtaim Fastfit, check out our mobile service. Quick, convenient, and efficient - we'll come to you.