Premium tyres are manufactured by the big well-known brands such as Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Continental, Goodyear and Dunlop (now owned by Goodyear). A premium tyre should last for around 20,000 miles, so the additional cost can be a worthwhile investment. These manufacturers invest vast sums into researching the very best in tyre technology, so you can expect to reap the benefits of this, particularly in superior grip and enhanced fuel efficiency.
There are many tyre manufacturers in the mid-range price bracket. Look for brands such as Firestone (owned by Bridgestone), Uniroyal and Yokohama. The cost is lower, but the average mileage before replacement may also be reduced.
You can expect to get around 7,000 to 8,000 miles from a budget tyre, and they are perfectly adequate for most circumstances. However, you may not get the best results if you combine lower cost tyres with a high performance car.
The quality of tyre you choose may also depend on the type of driving you do. For example, regular driving in traffic requires more frequent braking, which inevitably results in wear and tear on the tyres, so it might be worth investing in premium tyres.
Looking after your tyres
Whichever tyres you choose, it’s important to look after them. Maintaining correct air pressure is a simple way to prolong the life of your tyres. Check your tyre pressure regularly and adjust according to your car’s specification and loading. Look out for any signs of uneven wear and tear, and if you spot any, arrange to have the wheel alignment checked at your local dealer.
If you want to get the very best from your tyres, you may wish to rotate them through the wheels periodically. Rotation helps to ensure that wear and tear is even. Manufacturers suggest that tyres be rotated approximately every six months. The type of rotation required depends on whether you have a front, rear or four wheel drive vehicle, but no rotation should be undertaken at all if you have directional or asymmetric tyres.