Before buying tyres for your vehicle, read our handy tyre guide

Tyres are something that a lot of Aussie drivers take for granted but it is vitally important to make sure your car has good quality tyres, running the correct tyre pressure and are inspected regularly.

Not only can poor quality tyres or tyres with incorrect pressure reduce your tyre lifespan, it can also put you and your family in danger. In addition, tyres can contribute to road noise, ride comfort, handling, braking and even your fuel economy. Therefore, it is vitally important to make sure your tyres are in top shape and maintained to the highest standard.

We have made a collation of the most important points to consider next time you are purchasing tyres to make sure you get the best tyres to suit your needs.

How long should my tyres last?

Tyre lifespans will vary greatly depending on the brand and type of tyre that you choose. Tyre pressure, your individual driving style, climate, vehicle usage and even the road surface play a part in the life of you tyres.

Do more expensive tyres last longer?

This depends on a number of factors such as the type of tyre, performance, price and brand. But as a general rule, you get what you pay for when it comes to tyres. Make sure you take a close look at what the manufacturer states the tyre is designed for, e.g. performance, economy, low road noise.

Do I have to replace all four tyres at once?

Any tyre that is below the legal tread wear indicator or has a tread depth of less than 1.6mm should always be replaced regardless. Not only does this become a danger to drive on, but it may also void your insurance if it is found to be a contributing cause to an accident.

What pressure do I need in my tyres?

As a general rule, it is advisable to follow the vehicle manufacturers specifications for recommended tyre pressures. This information can typically be found on the tyre placard which is usually located in one of the front door seals, the glove box or alternatively in the owner’s manual.

What size tyres do I need?

The easiest way to find the recommended tyre size for your vehicles is by consulting the owner’s manual or checking the tyres that are currently on the vehicle. A mechanic or tyre shop will also be able to advise what size tyres your vehicle will take.