Have you noticed more SUVs, 4x4s and Crossovers on Britain’s roads? At one time, few manufacturers offered such vehicles, but not now. Every car manufacturer now has one or more models in this segment. Such vehicles now account for about quarter of all new cars sold in Europe. They are chosen by people who may previously have bought hatchbacks or estates. 4x4s, SUVs and Crossovers need special tyres, but how do you choose the right ones?
If you primarily use your car for school runs, tyre professionals recommend using tyres designed for road use. These offer a quiet, comfortable drive and reduced fuel consumption compared to off-road tyres. They will be okay for the odd off-road excursion, but mainly they are designed for the street, not fields!
If you do live in the countryside, or spend a lot of time driving off-road, then you will need extra grip. If this is the case, consider buying off-road tyres which give you increased traction and better braking performance. They are more durable and offer some road noise reduction.
Original Equipment (OE) tyres are those which the vehicle manufacturer originally fitted to your SUV, 4x4 or Crossover when it rolled off the production line. OE tyres are designed for your vehicle. OE tyres enhance your vehicle’s capabilities and give you superior driving performance.
The role of tyres in safety is often undervalued. The tyres are the only point that your SUV, 4x4 or Crossover makes contact with the road and so the quality of your tyres determines how quickly you can stop the vehicle safely. This is particularly important in the wet. SUVs, 4x4s and Crossovers are heavier most cars, with a high centre of gravity, so place special demands on their tyres.