Tyres are the basic link between the car and the road. They work as an essential interface that bears the brunt of the condition of the roads as well as your driving habits. A good set of tyres can offer you’re the optimum experience when handling, steering, acceleration and braking of the vehicle. As a vehicle owner, it is your responsibility to keep the tyres in good working conditions. However, to begin with, you must shop for a good pair of tyres. Some of the aspects to keep in mind are the type of tyre – tube-type or tubeless, rubber compound, the rubber compound, plus the size of the tyre as well as the overall quality of the tyre.
Here are a few basics to keep in mind to find that perfect set of tyres for your car.
Tube-type or tubeless?
Tyres can be with tube or tubeless. Which would be right for your vehicle?. It is always better to opt for the tubeless winter tyres as they are abused on far superior technology and are much safer. Plus, they carry other advantages such as no need to have alloy wheels. Make sure that your steel wheels are rust free to get the best results.
What Size to buy?
The most controversial part of buying tyres is the right size. Tyre sizes are often given in a standard format such as 200/50 R 15. 200 mm is the breadth of the tread on the tyre and 50% is the height of the sidewall that is shown as the percentage. R stands for the Radial construction while 15 inches is the diameter of the rim of the wheel. Go for a tyre size that fits the rim exactly. Tread width within 0mm-20mm increase is well within the realm of sanity. Choose a sidewall profile carefully, once you have selected the rim size and tread width.
What about the Tread Pattern?
An important factor that can impact the tyres performance, especially during the wet weather is the tread pattern of the tyres. The tread pattern defines the ability of the tyre to channel water away. It also impacts the road noise generated when air gets trapped and expelled from those channels. Thus, tread pattern plays a vital role, especially when driving in muddy, snowy or sandy conditions. Different tread patterns are the Conventional Tread, Uni-Directional, and Asymmetric.
Apart from the above aspects, check the overall quality of the tyre. Look at the quality as well as the reputation of the manufacturer. Read the reviews and always buy the tyres from a well-known manufacturer. Read the fine lines and know about the warranty and the date of manufacturing. The fresher the tyre, the better it is for your vehicle. Avoid buying tyres that are older than six months. Go for the latest technologies but do not fall for any tricks used by the manufacturer to entice the customer. Added technologies are an advantage but don’t fall the same technologies under something unique and cute names.
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