Have you noticed the increase in SUVs, 4x4s and Crossovers on Britain’s roads? Once, only a few manufacturers offered these vehicles, but not any longer. Every major car manufacturer now has a model in this popular vehicle segment. These vehicles now account for a quarter of all new cars in Europe. They are the preferred choice for people who would previously have bought hatchbacks or estates. SUVs, 4x4s and Crossovers need special tyres, but what how do you choose the right SUV tyres?
All you need to know about Crossover, 4x4 and SUV Tyres
If you mainly use your car for school runs, Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port expert tyre professionals recommend tyres designed for road use. Such tyres offer a quiet, comfortable drive and reduced fuel consumption. They will be fine for the odd light off-road excursion, but they’re mainly designed for the street, not the countryside!
If, on the other hand, you live in the countryside, or spend time driving in fields or loose tracks, then you will need for extra grip. In this case, it’s worth considering an off-road tyre which gives increased traction in the wet, and better braking when it is driving on a slippery surface. It will also offer better durability and some road noise reduction. Because you also drive on the road, the tyres need to perform well there, too.
Should you consider Original Equipment tyres?
Original Equipment (OE) tyres are the type that the vehicle manufacturer fitted to your SUV, 4x4 or Crossover when it was first produced. OE tyres are specially designed for that vehicle. OE tyres, because they are intended for your car, enhance your vehicle’s capabilities, and will give a superior driving performance.
What about driver safety?
The role of tyres in road safety is often undervalued. Your tyres are the only point your SUV, 4x4 or Crossover contacts the road and, ultimately, it’s the quality of your tyres that determine how quickly and safely you can stop the vehicle. This is especially important in wet weather. SUVs, 4x4s and Crossovers are heavier than the typical car, with a higher centre of gravity, so they have special demands on the tyres.