Tyres – The round, black, rubber doughnuts on the car! We don’t know much about them, but we know that they are very critical to safety on roads.
Most of the car owners fall in the above category.
Tyres are the only part of the car that touches the road. All kinds of forces act on it, the power is transferred from the engine to the tyre, braking forces wear out the tyre by burning rubber. And when the wheels are not aligned or balanced, even steering the vehicle adds extra load on the tyres, which leads to uneven wear.
All these forces acting on the tyres eventually wears the tyre out, but when the tread depth is reduced beyond certain limits. Then, the safety of the car becomes questionable. Even if the treads haven’t worn out, but the tyres have put at least 5-6 years of driving behind them, then the rubber compound starts to harden and the tyres lose traction.
When the tyres reach this condition it is best to have them replaced with new tyres.
Choosing the best performance tyres for your car could become a daunting task. Especially if you are more of a driver than a car enthusiast. But worry not! There are a few pointers that we have gathered, that could help you to choose the right set of new tyres for your car.
The Time Of The Year
To a large extent, cars in the UK come fitted with summer tyres. They offer excellent traction and road grip in dry weather and hold their ground when it comes to driving over wet roads. The tread compound of summer tyres remains supple and flexible offering good traction only when the temperature stays warm, they start to harden when the temperature dips resulting in losing traction on the road. To counter this and if you are staying someplace where snows are not a norm during winter and it only rains a lot, then you could also choose all-season tyres. They are especially engineered to deliver outstanding traction in dry and wet conditions and also resist aquaplaning, making sure of good road contact even when you drive through a puddle of slush.
Size and specifications
The size of the tyre is nothing but the size of the wheel rim of your car. It is best to look that up in the owner’s manual that came along with the car, or sometimes on the door post or even stuck within the glove compartment. The size of the tyre is distinctly embedded in the sidewall of the tyre itself, along with other specifications like speed rating, load capacity. So look up the size of the tyre and choose the best-suited one.
Tyres age as well
Tyres don’t have to be fitted to car wheels to age and wear out. After the tyres are manufactured, they age while just stacked up in the inventory of the supplier. So it is highly important that you check for the date of manufacturing before purchasing them. Lest you end up buying expired tyres. The week and the year of manufacturing are marked on the tyre themselves.
It is now mandatory for all tyres to carry with them the EU label which rates the tyre based on 3 broad categories – Fuel efficiency, wet traction and noise level generated. This label is a visual representation of the best performance of the tyres shown through the colour gradient. You could choose the right tyre by being discerning and by balancing the budget along with the performance.
OE fitment tyres
An easy fix to choosing the best performance tyres for your car is to just choose the tyres that came with it. The OE ( Original Equipment) tyres are often designed to enhance the performance of the car, and if you have been happy with the fuel efficiency, road grip and handling by the original tyres. Then the choice of new tyres become very easy.
We, at Armstrong Tyres, believe that we are cost-effective high-performance tyres for your vehicle. You could purchase our tyres through many retail outlets all over the UK. Our summer range and all-season range of tyres both come with the TUFF 360 tyre warranty. We have faith in our tyres to offer you the most comprehensive warranty in the tyre industry.
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