Purchasing Van Tyres – What to consider
Purchasing van tyres is an important decision for many reasons, including safety, legal and financial repercussions if a bad decision is made. Van tyres come in a variety of bolt patterns, construction types, sizes and tread patterns, so trying to make a decision without background knowledge will be overwhelming and confusing.
What you need to Know to Purchase
Before purchasing van tyres, you must first determine what specifications are required for your particular van. Every vehicle make and model will have its specific size tire requirements. Be sure to take note of your vehicle's tyre size and type.
It is imperative when only changing one tyre to be aware of the construction type of your tyres. There are two main types of tyres on the market, radial and cross ply. Be careful never to install different types of tyres on the same axle as this is prohibited. Although it is not against the law to mix types and brands of tyres, it is not recommended and always be sure to check manufacturer's guidelines before installing unmatched tyres. Properly matched tyres will wear more evenly.
It is recommended buyers use a tyre selection tool available online or at a tyre retailer. Using such a resource will ensure you are buying the correct tyres for your van, both in size and duty requirements.
The online tool is very easy to use - you just enter your van registration number, brand and model and you can easily see all suitable tyres for your van. You will be able to compare them by different parameters and chooses the ones that suit your budget and van.
Be mindful of the way your tyre tread is wearing, as it can be an indicator of issues with your vehicle or the tyres themselves. The law requires vans to be equipped with proper fitting tyres, suitable for the use intended. Laws dictate that tyres should never get lower than 1.6mm of depth on the tread, but it is strongly recommended tyres be replaced when they reach 3mm depth of tyre tread. Penalty for failing to meet these maintenance standards can result in a penalty of 3 penalty points and up to 2500 in fines.
Not having adequate tyre pressure will cause rapid deterioration of your tyres. Be careful to keep them inflated to the recommended Psi levels to prevent unnecessary damage.
Check tyres regularly for flat spots, as they can indicate a problem with the van’s brake system or shock absorbers, which will require immediate attention.
Poor wheel alignment will cause rapid deterioration of a vehicle's front tyres, so it is important to get a front-end alignment every 6000 km or so to ensure your front end and steering equipment are properly maintained. Hitting potholes, regular driving and uneven terrain are all factors in causing a van to become misaligned.
The Importance of Choosing a Quality Van Tyre
Choosing the right tyre will lower maintenance costs, reduce fuel costs and reduce unpleasant CO2 emissions.
High-quality tyres are the best choice for safer travelling considering they are the only part of the van that actually comes in direct contact with the road. Therefore, quality tyres kept in good repair will have positive effects on steering and handling, cornering, braking and acceleration. Better quality tyres will hold up better over time against poor road conditions, heavy loads to carry and repetitive starting and stopping. Be sure to have the right tyres for the current weather!
Tyres should regularly be checked for wear and damage, being replaced as necessary.
Purchasing from reputable tyre dealers is a must when searching for van tyres. Suppliers such as Tyrequote allow you to search online for the best prices, but many people choose chain fitters such as Kwik-Fit or ATS Euromaster as standard.