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Choosing New Tyres for Your Vehicle

March 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 300

Many drivers are unaware as to the importance associated with purchasing new tyres for their vehicle. To them they are just four round bits of rubber that help you to get from A to B. To others they are a vital part of the vehicle that are just as important as a well lubricated engine bay and a fully operational set of lights.

So is it as simple as heading down to your local garage and picking four tyres? They're all the same right? Unfortunately not. Different models and sizes of vehicles require different features in their tyres to give them additional grip so here is a guide to buying new tyres for your vehicle.

There are principally three key parts to selecting your new tyres: (1) the size; (2) the weather conditions; and (3) the general conditions.

Before you order your new tyres, read the code on the tyre wall. Each tyre has different number and letters printed on the tyre wall. The first part of that code is the width of the tyre in millimetres. This will vary depending on the tyre of vehicle you're driving. For instance many four-by-fours will have particularly large tyres in comparison to smaller, more economical models. The second code is the height of the tyre as a percentage of the width. Next is the wheel size, indicating the diameter of the inner rim of the tyre. The final part is the speed rating, which is indicative of the maximum speed that the tyre can run at with a full load.

Your tyres will react differently depending on the climate. In the UK for instance, you will be subjected to all kinds of weather - sunshine, rain, sleet, snow, fog, the lot. In these incidences the driver needs to change the way they drive and most importantly, they need to check their tyres before setting off. Newer tyres will have far more grip than older versions, so when the seasons change and you require new tyres, ensure you're getting models that will help you to negotiate the tricky weather conditions. On wet roads, you need particularly "grippy" tyres and you should increase your braking distance. On drier roads, keep an eye on the road conditions as gravel or puddles may cause you to lose traction.

As the main contact point between the vehicle and the road, your tyres will need to adapt to the conditions. The quality of your tyres affects the handling, braking and even the fuel consumption. An under-inflated tyre will pull away much slower than one with sufficient air, and will also pull the car to one side - a clear sign that you need to inflate your current rubber, or invest in new tyres. A good quality all-weather tyre will provide you with optimum braking whether you're on a dry or wet road, something all drivers will benefit from.

Finally, a fully-inflated tyre will help you to use less fuel. If your rubber is under-inflated, it causes significantly increased drag meaning the car has to work much harder than it would normally. A well inflated tyre full of tread will help you to drive much more smoothly, so investing in new tyres with significant grip is essential. If you can pick up cheap tyres then great, but don't sacrifice quality for the sake of it.

Toby Holmes

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