How To Choose the Best Tyres For Your Vehicle

Choosing the right tyre for your vehicle is important as tyres have a huge impact on how your car steers, accelerates, brakes and feels when driving. With thousands of tyres available, we understand that choosing the right tyre may seem daunting. See our guide below to help you make the right decision for your driving needs.

Tyre Size

Firstly, you'll need to establish your vehicle's tyre size. You can find this on the wall of your tyre or in your vehicle's handbook. It looks like this:

What do the numbers mean?

Section width The width of the tyre in millimetres.
Aspect ratio (Profile) The ratio of the tyre's width to height, as a percentage.
A low profile tyre has shorter side walls which aren't as flexible as regular profile tyres. Shorter side walls increase your road holding, grip around corners and are considered to improve the look of your car. However, low profile tyres are generally more expensive and are less comfortable than regular profile tyres.
Rim diameter The diameter of the rim which the tyre is to be fitted to, in inches.
Load rating index Indicates the maximum load that each tyre can support.
Speed rating index The speed rating indicates the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry a load corresponding to its load rating.
Code mph Code mph
Q 100 V 149
R 106 Z Over 149
S 112 W 168
T 118 (W) Over 168
U 124 Y 186
H 130 (Y) Over 186

Quality and Price

Once you know the right tyre size for your vehicle, you'll need to think about the quality of tyre that will best suit your driving needs. All tyres on sale in the UK will meet strict safety standards, premium tyres will last more miles and give you a better driving experience.

Premium tyres

Heavy investment in research, design and technology means that premium tyres benefit from improved stopping distances, fuel economy, grip (especially in wet conditions) and lower noise levels.

Premium tyres will generally last for 15,000 to 20,000 miles, under normal usage.

We recommend Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Michelin or Pirelli.

Mid-range tyres

Mid-range tyres offer a balance between the performance of premium tyres and the value of budget tyres. Depending on the type of driving that you do, mid-range can provide a longer life span and perform far better than budget tyres.

Although mid-range tyres may not be as well known as premium brands, you still get a sense of the technology which has gone into their development.

Mid-range can provide great value for money and depending on the type of driving that you do, they can also prove to have a long life span.

We recommend Firestone, Avon, Yokohama, Toyo,

Budget tyres

In life, you generally get what you pay for and tyres are no different. Budget tyres don't always undergo the same rigorous production processes as premium tyres, and in simple terms, they don't last as long.

Although they typically last between 7,000 to 8,000 miles, budget tyres offer a value option for driver's with low mileage.

Vehicle type

Cars, vans, 4x4s and camper vans all require specific tyres, so make sure you have the right type for your vehicle.

Look out for these symbols on our site:

  • Car
  • 4x4
  • Van
  • Campervan


Run flat are designed to keep you moving for a short period of time should you suffer a puncture, allowing you to reach safety.

Run flats must be fitted to vehicles they are designed for. If you are unsure if your vehicle can accommodate run flat tyres, refer to your vehicle's handbook or ask the team.

If your vehicle isn't equipped for run flat tyres, you may wish to consider Bridgestone Driveguard which has been designed to fit cars with TPMS, allowing you to drive for 50 miles at 50MPH after a puncture.

Driveguard can be fitted to any car which hasn't been designed for run flats (as long as you have TPMS).


Most drivers in the UK keep summer tyres on their car all year round, but you may wish to consider winter tyres or all-season tyres for optimum performance.

At Halfords Autocentre, we offer branded tyres at great value prices. We will fully fit your new tyres and dispose of your old tyres according to environmental standards.