Most people don’t know that there is generally only a human hand width of tyre tread in contact with the road surface at any one time. This makes choosing the correct tyre for your vehicle a very important decision for the safety of your family and friends traveling in the car.
With SUVs now being one of the most popular vehicle types on Australian roads, most tyre manufacturers have designed a range of tyres to suit this vehicle class. That means that there are many brands and tyres models to choose from, which can all be a bit daunting for most people, especially as the average vehicle owner buys tyres every two to three years.
To help you navigate this somewhat tricky task, we have written this article to provide the primary considerations when selecting SUV tyres that suit your needs and the driving conditions you experience in your driving.
A good set of SUV tyres will allow your vehicle to perform at its optimal performance and handle a range of different driving environments and conditions. When you stop and think, car tyres are responsible for braking, acceleration, grip in dry and wet road conditions, and the safe handling of your vehicle.
Modern SUV vehicles can also be high-performance cars, rather than just people carriers. Therefore having tyres that are on-point regarding driveability and performance is almost a standard expectation of a tyre brand.
Durability is another important factor when it comes to tyre selection. After a period all tyres will lose grip over time due to the continuous friction on the road. This is called tyre detrition. As tyre detrition occurs, tyres will lose some grip, especially in the wet. The greater the detrition, the higher the possibilities of reduced vehicle handling and performance, meaning that they aren’t as responsive as they once were.
Not all tyres are the same. Tyres are often made to suit a particular vehicle range, like light trucks, sedans, 4wds, all-terrain, all-wheel drive vehicles, and more. As you go through selecting your next set of SUV tyres, it is best to visit tyre manufacturer websites, like Maxxis Australia, as these have a large amount of very informative information.
Another great resource is your local tyre retailer. These tyre dealers are talking about tyres 6 days a week, so they know exactly which brands and tyre models best suit your vehicle. Best of all tyre dealers also hear good and bad points about tyre from their customers. Therefore, if you are keen on a particular tyre model, the staff at your local tyre centre can provide you with insight learned from being at the coal face.
In summary, take your time with your tyre selection. Do your research, assess the good and sometimes bad parts about the tyre ranges that you like while also chatting with your local tyre dealer.