Five questions to ask when buying new car tyres
Your car’s tyres are a key safety feature. Here are five things to know when buying them.
Your tyres are the only things connecting your car – and you – to the road. In the words of veteran RACV motoring journalist Greg Hill, their condition can mean the difference between “a heart-fluttering near-miss and a heartbreaking disaster”.
Greg helped conduct RACV tests showing that on wet roads, even a late-model car with good brakes but badly worn tyres needs an extra 3.9 metres or more to stop from 60kmh, and an alarming 12.8 metres (almost three car lengths) from 80kmh, compared with the same car on near-new tyres.
“On worn tyres the test car never behaved the same way twice in a row,” says Greg. “It could slide sideways, one direction or the other. The next time it might just skate straight on, feeling like it was never going to stop. With worn tyres, you never know what will happen.”
If your tyres’ condition is less than ideal, here are the RACV Mobile Tyres and vehicles engineering teams’ tips for replacing them safely and sustainably.