Tyre Buying Dos and Don’ts
Most of people don’t understand that tyres are the most important safety feature on your vehicle……..
Tyres are one of the most important features of your car, tyres provide the only connection between your car and the road, and life-saving technologies like antilock brakes and electronic stability control cannot do their job if the tires don’t have a good grip on the footpath. And yet tires are one of the least-understood components of the vehicles.
It’s important to ensure that your tyres are always well maintained, and this may mean buying new tyres to replace an old set. No one tyre is best, as everyone’s needs are different. This list of simple do’s and don’ts will help you make informed decisions when it comes time to buy new tyres
DON’T spend too little on your tyres
The cheap deal could mean the tyres are poorly made, making them dangerous for you to be driving. For example, cheaper tyres often have longer stopping distances and reduced control in emergency situations. All tyres have traction ratings (AA, A, B or C) stamped right on the tyre itself — buy tyres with an A or AA rating.
DON’T spend too much on your tyres
Buying your new tyres with a reliable distributor is important for ensuring you’re getting the right tyres for you
You are required by law to change your tyres when the tread is close to the limit of 1.6mm, however your tyres’ performance will be affected well before they reach this mark. The tyres’ grip will be significantly reduced, particularly in extreme weather conditions, making your car dangerous to be on the roads.
As with most things, a name brand on a tire costs more. Well-known name brands do tend to provide a consistently high level of quality, but there are lesser-known tire manufacturers that produce excellent products at lower prices.
DON’T assume original equipment is best.
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) tyres are the ones fitted to your car at the factory, but buying the same type of tyre as a replacement isn’t always the best choice. Manufacturers look for a tyre that will provide acceptable performance in all conditions from summers to winters. They may choose a tire that emphasizes comfort over handling or handling over tread life.
DO pick the right tyre dealer
When the time comes to shop for tyres, many people go to the dealership or their local mechanic — but these businesses often carry a limited number of brands or tyre models. A full-service tyre dealer will carry a wide range of brand names and will be familiar with local weather and road conditions.
Do replace tyres in pairs or fours
New tires generally grip the road better than tyres that have some km on them. You should never replace only one tyre – if you can, replace all four, but if you must replace just two, put the new tyres on the front. This will help the car retain its stability and predictability in a panic swerve. (Older tires on the rear will make the car more likely to spin out.)
Tyre Rotating every 5,000 to 10000 Km (Check as per Manufacture & road condition) will ensure that they wear at the same rate, allowing you to get the most return on your investment and ensure that all four tyres will be ready for replacement at the same time.
NEVER replace a single tire — if a tyre is damaged and cannot be repaired, replace it as well as its same on the other side of the car.