Car tyres are often taken for granted; I mean, how many factors are there? Turns out, many. Not only does knowing what tyres to choose for your car help you save up and protect our environment, but these vehicle components are vital for road safety. The recent tech advancements have turned our road time into something cheap, unbother some and overall safer. If you think that choosing a perfect tyre for your vehicle is simple, just go to your local dealer and consult them. Most likely, the first question you’ll get is “what type of tyres are you looking for?” and if you want to avoid making a blank, confused face, you’ll want to know a thing or two regarding the subject.
Know what you’re looking for
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, tyre-wise, you’re going to have a bad time making a perfect choice. Although this might’ve been easier no more than a decade ago, the new tech advancements have made sure that choosing a tyre set for your vehicle is complicated and daunting. Well, you have to start somewhere, and your vehicle specifications are the best place for this. The factors that you should be looking at are size, load carrying capacity and speed rating. Although these will definitely help you get on the road towards making a right choice of tyres, perhaps even more importantly, this should get you into the modern technology, which means learning about more detailed characteristics, like wear, performance, longevity and, of course, price. All that’s left now is up to your taste, driving style and seasonal needs.
If you think that tyres boil down to winter and regular, you are very much out of the loop. Although many retailer offer listings of all the tyres available in your needed size, you’re going to need to explore a bit beyond that, so that you can match the speed rating. First of all, there are all-seasonal tyres that come in S- and T-speed ratings. They are well-known for good all-weather grip and long mileage and are commonly used for mainstream cars and SUVs. Performance all-season tyres, on the other hand, come in H- and V-speed rating and offer better cornering grip than the S- and T-speed ones, although they have a much shorter lifespan. There are also ultra-high-performance and summer tyres that are rated ZR-, W- and Y-speed and are used for performance sedans. Of course, there are also all-terrain truck tyres that come in large sizes and are designed for hauling and towing duties. Finally, winter/snow tyres can easily be identified by a mountain and snowflake symbol on their sidewall; these are designed to optimize braking and handling.
First of all, if you can afford quality tyres, go ahead and buy them! For instance, Yokohama has something called the Advanced Inner Liner, which enhances performance and fuel efficiency, while offering a reduced rotating mass, which minimizes air loss (this enhances the life of a tyre). Other models, such as Extreme Contact DWS come with a feature that indicates when driving under particular weather conditions becomes no longer safe, making the letter “D” reflect when there’s enough rubber for dry traction, while the letter “W” disappears from the thread during the rain; the letter “S” disappearing is a sign of roadside snow. Other tyres offer road noise reduction and there are many more cool features out there. You can find cheap tyres in Blacktown that have these and many other interesting features.
Environmentally conscious tyres
Yokohama offers ecologically friendly tyres that are based on citrus orange oil, which is a renewable resource that allows the petroleum to be replaced with green, natural rubber. The eco-conscious tyres, like the majority of technology in general, are a growing trend, so be on a lookout for solutions that can help us protect our blue planet.
As you can see, tyre shopping isn’t as simple as it used to be. Of course, everything is out there, online, you just need to know where and what to look for. Be safe, financially efficient and ecologically aware while on the road. Know what you need, learn about tyre types, get introduced to top-notch rubber tech and pay attention to green tyre trends.