Just like shoes can make or break what you are wearing, tyres can significantly affect a vehicle’s performance. We’ve spent 30 years in the Perth automotive industry and we’re here to share our insights. In this article, we’ll guide you on the journey to finding the perfect tyre for your type of car. We’ll explore different types, sizes, and seasonal changes. By the end, you’ll be well-armed to make an informed decision. Buckle up and let’s get rolling!

Understanding Different Tyre Sizing

In our quest to help you find the perfect tyre for your vehicle, let’s dive into understanding the different types of tyres available in the market. We’ve seen and fitted every type of tyre you can think of. From Kumho tyres Perth to the new Asian brands for tyres Canning Vale, we’ve seen them all. As your trusted automotive mechanic in Perth, we also offer wheel alignments, fuel injection service, car aircon regas service, and car air conditioning service.

Let’s dive into understanding tyre size and specifications to better equip you in choosing the right tyre for your vehicle. You’ll see a series of numbers and letters on the tyre’s sidewall. This code represents the tyre’s width, aspect ratio, construction, diameter, load index and speed rating. Understanding these details ensures optimal performance and safety. This “code” provides us with all the information we need on tyre size, construction (e.g. radial), its load-carrying capacity and its speed rating.

For example, the code on a common fitment for Australian cars is:

  • 200 indicates the nominal section width of the tyre in millimetres (200mm).
  • 55 indicates its aspect ratio, a comparison of the tyre’s section height with its section width (55 indicates the height is 55% of its width).
  • R indicates radial ply construction.
  • 17 indicates the nominal diameter of the wheel rim (17 inches).
  • 95H is a symbol indicating the maximum load capacity and speed at which the tyre can be safely operated, subject to the tyre being in sound condition, correctly fitted, and with recommended inflation pressures (95 represents a maximum load of 690kg per tyre.
    • H represents a maximum speed of 210km/h).

Assessing Your Driving Conditions

Now that we’ve broken down the different tyre sizing, let’s move on to assessing your driving conditions, which play a crucial role in determining the most suitable tyre for your vehicle. Consider terrain, weather, and driving frequency. For example, in rough terrains or Perth sandy conditions, go for tougher, more durable tyres. For city commuting, fuel-efficient, low-noise tyres work best. Always match your tyres to your driving conditions.

The Role of Vehicle Types in Tyre Selection

Why don’t we delve into how the type of vehicle you drive influences the tyre selection process? Different vehicles require different tyres. For instance, performance cars need tyres that offer high-speed stability and cornering grip, while SUVs require the dueller off-road durability. The weight and size of your vehicle also affect tyre choices, as heavier vehicles need tyres with higher load capacities. Electric Vehicle tyres are now a completely new market!

Always match tyres to vehicle specifications.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Often Should I Replace the Tyres on My Vehicle?

We’d suggest replacing your vehicle’s tyres every five to six years, depending on usage and conditions. In Perth tyres are considered to be un-roadworthy (illegal) at 1.6mm minimum tread depth In wet conditions 3.0mm or less tread means a significant loss of wet traction due to shallower grooves and channels. It’s crucial to regularly check for wear, damage, and correct pressure to ensure your safety on the road.

How Can I Maintain the Condition of My Tyres After I’ve Chosen the Right Type for My Vehicle?

We recommend regular tyre checks for pressure, tread depth, and visible damage. It’s like brushing teeth – neglect can lead to big issues. Regular maintenance ensures safety and extends tyre life. It’s a small investment with big returns.

What Are the Possible Risks or Issues if I Choose the Wrong Type of Tyre for My Vehicle?

Choosing the wrong tyre type can compromise your vehicle’s performance and safety. It’ll affect handling, traction, and fuel efficiency, and even lead to premature wear. We strongly advise against it for your safety.

Is There a Specific Brand of Tyre That Is Generally Recommended for My Vehicle Type?

We fit all tyres, but we recommend Kumho tyres as the very best. It’s crucial to consider your car’s specifications, driving conditions, and personal preferences. We’re here to guide you in making the best choice.

Does the Tyre Selection Process Differ for Electric or Hybrid Vehicles?

We’re absolute wizards at determining the perfect tyre for any vehicle, electric or hybrid included. It does differ, considering factors like weight distribution and torque. We’ll find the ideal fit for your eco-friendly ride minimising the Perth road noise in your quiet cabin.


So, as we’ve journeyed together through the world of tyres, we hope that the fog has lifted. Choosing the right tyre for your vehicle in our Perth climate is like finding the perfect pair of shoes. It’s all about comfort, fit, and suitability for the occasion. Remember, your safety, fuel efficiency, and vehicle performance are all riding on this decision. Armed with this knowledge, you’re now set to make an informed choice.

Drive on with confidence and happy motoring  AME Automotive.