Car tyres are the most important part of a vehicle when you think about road safety. This is the only point of contact with the road that your vehicle has. Vehicles are made of many different components and the tyres are one of those areas that are often overlooked. Often, we check the engine and bodywork for its condition and if the vehicle feels unusual, we will check things like the wheel balance, wheel alignment suspension and maybe even go for an engine service to ensure everything is running as it should be. The transmission of the vehicle is very important to ensure smooth running and you can often get a free automatic transmission diagnosis from your local garage to make sure that your transmission is working correctly. If you are unfortunate enough to have a fault, the service will be able to diagnose it for you so this way you will understand what you are dealing with.
We have just mentioned the importance of the tyres above and as they are a perishable part they will need replacing. To avoid replacing them too often we will take a look at some of the aspects of tyres that you must consider when replacing or considering an upgrade for your vehicle as well as how to make them last as long as possible.
The type of tyre
As you can probably appreciate, there are many different vehicles that require different types of tyres. You can get sports car tyres, which are best suited for higher speed vehicles. These will have a higher speed rating which means they can cope with the punishment a sports car puts on the tyres. Most vehicles manufacturers offer some form of guideline on what tyres are most suited to their performance vehicle. Pirelli tyres, as an example, are a very high-quality brand. They offer a wide range of tyres that suit all types of vehicles. They also offer very good sports tyre that will be suited and recommended by many leading manufacturers. Car tyres have numbers on their sidewall that gives the owner of the vehicle all the information that they require about the size and specification required of the tyre which will be fitted to the vehicle.
Tyres for different seasons
There are different types of tyres to suit different seasons. For example, you can get off-road tyres, winter tyres and finally the standard summer tyres. Most of us look for a summer tyre which can be used throughout the whole year. This means we have one grade of tyre that can manage to last all year round. Some European countries make better use of winter tires and they prefer to change their summer tyres over to winter tyres in the colder months. Winter tyres offer a better grip as well as a better braking performance in cooler temperatures. It is highly recommended to have winter tyres fitted to a vehicle that is notoriously bad in snow, for example, some of the major German brands such as Mercedes are rear-wheel drive. These will be suited to having winter tyres in the winter months
It is not only road vehicles that require tyres, but it is also important to remember that motorcycles are used for many different purposes too. The tyres that motorcycles use will depend on the use of the motorbike itself. Adventure motorbikes will need mud tyres to ensure that they get a grip in the slippery conditions that they put under. A Kawasaki motorbike is a popular brand of bike that offers many different variants of motorcycle. Alternatively, road motorcycles will need road tyres to ensure that they have contact with the road and maintain a good level of grip with regards to conditions.
Making Sure Tyres Last Longer
For tyres to last a long time, you need to consider many factors about their use. If you have a vehicle that does a lot of mileage, you will automatically have a large amount of tyre wear as the vehicle will have a lot of contact with the road. However, there are things you can do to eliminate and reduce tyre wear. For example, consider how you brake when you’re stopping a vehicle. If you break harshly, this will cause damage to the tyres and shorten the life of the tyres. In some cases, harsh braking can cause flat spots which again will affect the performance of the tyre and result in the need for tyre replacement.
Another aspect you should always consider when trying to make your tyres last longer is the amount of air that you have in each tire. It is advisable that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure tyre safety and to maximise their lifetime.
One final aspect to consider when trying to prolong the life of your tyres is acceleration. Acceleration works in the same way that harsh braking works and can increase the weight on your tyres. The tyres on your vehicle come under immense pressure and wear when taking corners, in particular, if this is done under speed. A great way of reducing wear in these situations is to drive at an appropriate speed and also to try to avoid harsh braking and acceleration.
As you can see from the above there are many ways that you can help to reduce your tyre wear. It’s important to understand that all vehicles will use tyres in different ways. Following the above advice will help you to ensure that your tyres last as long as possible.