General information about tyres:
Car tyres are ring-shaped components that surround a wheel's rim to transfer a vehicle's load to the ground and to provide traction on the surface. Tyres are one of the most important and most overlooked parts on a modern day vehicle. They are the main contact your vehicle has with the road and many people do not understand the importance that they have for your car.
Types of car tyres
In the past, people did not have a large selection of tires, you could either choose a set of Bias or Radial ones. Today, we have a range variety of different tyres that can be used. Anyone can go to the store and replace default, manufacturer provided tyres for a different set of ones that can completely change how your car performs on the road. Here is the most basic list of tyres that you can buy for your car:
- Standard tyres: Also known as Stock Tyres. These ones are OE (original equipment) fitted which you get with the car. These are the perfect tyres for you if you do not have high demands for your car. Performance of these tyres is optimized for general usage.
- Touring tyres: Comfort is the main aspect of these. Comfort not only includes less vibration, but also lowers noise levels.
- Sports tyres: These are designed for improving the grip and handling of a vehicle. They are designed to give maximum grip at high speeds, especially during dry and wet weather conditions.
- High-performance tyres: High-performance tyres give you more rubber in contact with the road to boost traction.
- Summer tyres: They offer fantastic grip and durability in both wet and dry conditions, thanks to a good balance of water channelling grooves and road-hugging rubber.
- Winter tyres: Products specialised to provide greater traction through softer compounds and greater tread depth are marketed as ‘winter tyres’ and make driving in snow, ice and rain easier
- All-terrain: They are typical to SUVs. They increase tread spacing to help channel mud out of the tyre. Additionally, the sidewall is strengthened to prevent against punctures.
It is very important to properly maintain your tyres. Not only will this increase your safety while driving but it will also increase the life of your tyres, saving you money. Here are some basic tips for maintaining your tyres.
- Balancing: Properly balanced tyres and wheels spin with all their weight distributed equally. Unbalanced tyres can result in tyres wearing unevenly and needing to be replaced more frequently.
- Alignment: Proper alignment ensures that all wheels on a vehicle are pointed in the optimum direction to the road and each other. Tyres on a misaligned vehicle degrade handling and don't wear equally, reducing their tread life.
- Rotation: The purpose of regularly rotating tyres is to achieve more uniform wear on each tyre. It is suggested to rotate your tires every 12 000km.
- Cleaning: Cleaning tyres using sope and water removes unnecessary materials from the surface that can degrade the tyres.
Also, do not forget to check your tyres at least once a month, it can you save from a lot of trouble and it can save you a lot of money.