Buying New Tyres? Everything you need to know

Buying a new set of tyres is one of the most important decisions you can make for your vehicle. Yes, it could be an intimidating buying experience for some and a completely unplanned expense for others. But life when throws beans at you, you make some hot Akara and have a merry day. 

As your tyres are the most important point of contact between your car and the road, choosing the right ones cannot be overemphasised. Now tyres are made by different premium brands, they come in many sizes and types.


Ideally, you want to consider these three factors when picking the perfect fit for your vehicle. And just because we want to make the process easier, we’ve explained these factors and what they mean.

  • All Tyres are not the same – Yes, all tyres look the same, they’re all  round, with treads and are made of rubber. However, they’re made by different companies like the popular Michelin, and other brands such as Bridgestone, Dunlop, Yokohama.

    Each brand has something unique they bring to the table and offer options for you to match with your driving needs. 
  1. The numbers on the sidewall of your Tyre are not for show – These numbers indicate the size, type, and performance of the tyre. 


Imagine you own a 2016 Ford Escape and the tire numbers are 238/45 R19. The first three-digit number refers to the tyre width or size. In this case, the tyre width is 238 millimeters, measured from sidewall to sidewall.


The two-digit number after the slash mark is the aspect ratio. For example, in a size 238/45 R19 tyre, the 45 means that the height is equal to 45% of the tyre’s width. The bigger the aspect ratio, the bigger the tyre’s sidewall.

Wheel Diameter is the size of the wheel measured from one end to the other. This is the size of the wheel that the tyre is intended to fit. A size 238/45 R19 tyre is made for a wheel with a 19″ diameter.

Finally, the letter “R” in a tyre size stands for Radial, which means the layers run radially across the tyre.

  • Size matters – One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to tyres. The make, model, year, and weight of your car matter a lot when choosing the perfect tyre for your vehicle.

Now you’ve done your homework. You’ve chosen your preferred brand and prepared your budget. Now, go ahead and make an order. Buy your tyres online in Lagos or anywhere across the nation and have them delivered to your doorstep.


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