With thousands of tire options available for purchase, choosing the right tires for your car can feel like an overwhelming task.

However, the process can be far easier to understand once tire information is broken down and explained.

With that in mind, let’s dive in and answer: How can you choose the best tire for your car?

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Tire Size

The first step to picking the right tires are to understand your car’s sizing needs. You should be able to find this in your vehicle’s handbook or by taking a look at the side marking on your current tires.

It should look similar to this:

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Alternatively, if you are based in the UK, you can try looking for tires online at oponeo.co.uk where you can add your car license plate number or car model and get information on the tires you need. For American readers, the US-based branch oponeo.com also offers a car model search.

What do these numbers represent?

The image above may look daunting at first, but the details are easy to understand once each part is divided and explained.

  • Section width: The width of the tire in millimeters.
  • Section height: The ratio of the tire’s width to height. This is expressed as a percentage and ranges from 35-80. Generally speaking, the lower the ratio, the firmer the ride. The downside is the added noise and higher cost.
  • Rim diameter: The diameter of the rim. It’s measured in inches.
  • Load rating: The maximum load each tire can support.
  • Speed rating: The maximum speed at which the tire can carry the load rating number. Code letters provide information on the speed as measured in miles per hour, from 100-186+ mph.

Quality & Price

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All tires sold in Europe or America will meet very strict safety regulations and standards, regardless of their sales price. Lesser known brands may offer cheaper prices, but the performance, comfort and safety of the tires will still be held to high standards.

However, it is usually best to use trusted brands which are known for their high quality production and consistent improvements to their products. After all, when it comes to wheels, it’s impossible to conclude anything about their safety levels at a glance. For that reason, many people prefer to rely on brand names with integrity, experience and intense R&D backing their products.

These brand names usually offer premium tires. They are created with higher quality materials and will usually last for an additional 15000 miles. They tend to provide shorter stopping distances, a stronger grip, and lower noise levels.

Weather Needs

Depending on where you live and the impact of the seasons on your tires, you may need to consider purchasing different sets of wheels for your car. In sub-zero freezing temperatures with large amounts of icy snow, a regular, mid-range summer wheel will get damaged and have a shorter lifespan. Winter wheels can handle the temperature and provide a safer grip, added friction and a shorter stopping distance upon braking.

Do Quick Research

Before buying wheels for your car, do a quick search in any search engine to find information such as reviews of the product. Additionally, you may find advice from people who own the same car model and may have suggestions to provide on wheel selection. If you are not buying brand name wheels, it’s heavily advised to search for more information on the company and the product quality.