Tyres are an essential part of your car, but most people don’t know much about them or even think often of their tyres. Unless one is causing a problem, tyres are usually just ignored. However, which tyres you choose for your vehicle will determine just how well it performs.
Tyres have very specific functions. They are designed to cushion the vehicle and support the weight of the vehicle and anything in it. Tyres are also meant to provide traction by creating a point of contact between the vehicle and the road. They let you steer and make braking more effective.
They also help absorb the various forces that act on the vehicle as you drive. There’s a lot of twisting and turning and bouncing as you drive, particularly on dirt roads, so the tyres get a workout.
As you can imagine, with all this going on, it’s not surprising that sometimes tyres give out. That’s why it is so very important to choose high quality tyres, rather than going for the cheapest ones that will wear out faster.
Types of Tyres
When it comes to tyres and the types, you will find that there are either tube tyres or tubeless. Just like it sounds, tube tyres include a tube that is inflated in the middle. The tubeless ones do not have that tube in the middle and are simple empty.
Within these two types of tyres, there are more specific options that you can choose from. These include:
Radial ply: The ply cords in these form a radial pattern.
Bias ply/cross ply: The ply cords in these tires are set at a 30-40° angle to the axis of the tyre.
Belted bias ply: This type of tyre combines the previous two types.
What type of tyres you choose will depend on the make and model of your vehicle and how hard you drive it.
Where to Find Cheap Tyres
Tyre prices will vary drastically depending on the style you’ve chosen, as well as the brand, size, and other factors. The higher quality the tyre, the more you can expect to pay for it, as well. In fact, it may not be worth going for a cheaper tyre, as it could be of lower quality. However, there are companies that will provide you with a quality tyre without overcharging.
Start by looking online. You’ll often find some good reviews of a company that offers cheaper tyres when you look online. Go by customer reviews, not just what the company says. This is a more accurate picture of whether the company is worth it or not.
Word of mouth is also good and you can find cheaper options by talking to people who have recently replaced their tyres so you can find out what they like or dislike about them. This should give you a good idea of where you want to buy.
Finally, keep an eye out for discounts and sales. When a reputable company offers a sale on tyres, you should take them up on it, even if you don’t currently need to buy tyres. These will serve you well when your existing ones give out. It’s worth keeping an eye out for these sales, because you never know when you could use them.
Don’t buy used. It can be tempting to buy used tyres that look to be in good condition, but unless you can verify the age, don’t do it. Older tyres can be very dangerous. There are multiple accidents linked to older, used tyres being used on vehicles. Often, the new owner had no idea just how old the tyres were. They may look great on the outside, but inside, the tyres are falling apart and you can’t even tell.
The issue here is that age tends to make the materials in the tyres more brittle. They start to come apart and the tread may separate from the rest of the tyre. The end result is difficulty steering and manoeuvring the vehicle.
It’s just not worth the risk to buy used or very cheap tyres. Make sure you are getting a good quality option and don’t put your life and the lives of your loved ones at risk. It’s not worth the small amount of money to get in an accident because you chose the cheapest option.
Tyre Maintenance Tips and Tricks
Looking after your tyres will ensure they last longer and don’t need replacing as often. This is why you should pay careful attention to your tyres and make sure to inspect them from time to time. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of checking out the whole tyre every month or so. Do it more often if you notice any odd sounds or feelings when you’re driving.
Check tyres for wear and tear. Once tyres have been worn down to 1.6 mm of tread, it’s time to replace them. You’ll notice that newer tyres have indicators built into them so you can easily see when you have reached this point. Most will give you a warning indicator, as well. However, once they reach that final one, you need to replace the tyres or risk bigger problems.
If your tyres are too worn down and you continue to use them, you run the risk of sliding on wet streets or even a blow out. The thinner rubber will be more susceptible to punctures, as well, so you will find that things regular tyres can drive over will pose a hazard for these weaker tyres.
Keep them properly inflated. You need to ensure that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, which will depend on the tyre. This is something that should be checked once a month unless you notice some changes. The amount of inflation should be either marked on the tyre or on a piece of paper that it came with.
When tyres are too soft, they wear unevenly and can end up costing you in petrol. Underinflated tyres are dangerous, so be sure they’re up to the right pressure. Overinflated tyres will cause issues, too, such as a bumpier ride. Most petrol stations will have a tyre pressure gauge to use.
Avoid spinning out. You should be careful when stuck in sand, ice, or snow. You want to avoid spinning your tyres since they will overheat and become damaged. Instead of spinning, try to rock the car back and forth or add something to create grip, such as sand on ice, or a board in the sand.
Watch for damage. You should take the time at least once a month to look at your tyres and see if there is any damage. You may find punctures, cracks, or bulges that need to be taken care of. These are all signs of something that could cause a rupture, so if you notice any issues, be sure to take the tyre to your tyre dealer to have it inspected.
If you don’t see any damage, but notice that you have a slow leak, you should also have a professional take a look at the tyre to determine what the issue is. They can run tests and find the hole, which they can then repair or tell you if you need a new tyre.
When to Replace Your Tyres
It’s extremely important to replace your tyres when they need to be replaced. If you don’t, you risk getting a flat tyre, or worse, getting in an accident. This is something to avoid, obviously, so you should check your tyres on a monthly basis. You’ll be looking for:
- Bulges or lumps
- Smooth spots
- Tread depth markers
As soon as you start to lose traction due to a lack of treads on the tyres, you are in danger of becoming another statistic. Make sure you keep an eye on the tread depth markers. You may also notice slippage when driving, which can be a good indication that you need to change the tyres, too. Be very careful if you choose to drive on worn down tyres, as these can cause accidents. If you’re unable to brake in time, you could put your life at risk, as well as others.
It’s essential that you pay attention to your tyres and stay on top of their condition. Regular inspections and replacements as soon as the tyres start to wear too much will prevent a lot of problems in the future.
Your tyres are one of the most important parts of the vehicle, so be sure to take good care of them. With the right care, keeping them properly inflated and repairing any damage as it happens, you can expect your tyres to last around three to four years. After that, you’ll need new ones.
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