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Choosing Tyres For Your Car Matters!

December 02 2016
Choosing tyres for your car

Choosing tyres can have a huge impact on the ride quality and comfort of your car. It is also essential from safety point of view to choose proper tyres for your car. The various factors to consider before purchasing are:

Choosing Between Tube or Tubeless Tyres

One should always opt for tubeless tyres. They offer better durability and are safer. As a bonus, use steel wheels with these tyres and make sure the wheels carry a rust-free coating.

The Type of Rubber Compound Used

A softer rubber gives better traction. A tyre carrying higher speed rating provides a better grip on the road. The rubber compound also affects the overall noise made by the tyre in case of sudden braking and manoeuvring.

Tyre Size

Sizing can be confusing for the average user. It greatly depends on the type of car you have and the type of ride you are expecting. Changing the stock tyres will ensure a better grip, enhanced on and off road performance, increase fuel efficiency, and greatly alter the look of your ride.

  • Rim size
  • It should match the size of the rim on which the tyre would be mounted. Larger rims adversely impact ride quality and comfort.

  • Tread width
  • You can safely choose between 0 - 20 mm increase in the width for Indian roads. It plays a huge role in the overall grip of the tyre. Choose for wider tyres if your car has a lot of power or if it does not steer as you expect, called under-steering.

  • Sidewall height/ profile
  • The sidewall profile should as close to original as possible. A difference of 3-4% is considered acceptable. A lower sidewall greatly affects the handling and cornering capability of your ride.

Choose the Type of Treads

It all comes down to tread patterns, which vary widely based on the type of terrain you are going to drive on. Keep in mind to:

  • Use conventional tread for normal usage.
  • Opt for uni-direction tread in case of water channelling and tyre noise.
  • Choose asymmetric treads for better high-speed cornering performance or a different tread pattern for enhanced wet weather performance.
  • Avoid re-treaded tyres. They are not worth the little money you save and can pose a serious safety hazard.

Determine the Overall Quality of The Tyre

  • Choose a reputed manufacturer. This gives you the best technology available with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities to ensure a quality product.
  • Read warranty details, specially the fine print. Often, the fine print carries vital information that you should know before finalising your purchase.
  • Verify the date of manufacture. Ideally the tyre should be less than six months from the date of manufacture. This will ensure the best quality and durability for your tyres.
  • Do not be wooed by attractive advertising and fancy names. However, if there is a revolutionary technology that can impact your decision, by all means look into it.

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