In This Weather | Choosing The Right Tires

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When everything is dry, and sunny, it is very easy to forget about car maintenance. Nothing leaks, there aren’t any howling gales in the cabin. You have no need to change the windscreen wipers to stop them smearing, and the only problem is the broken air conditioning. Outside the car, there are no hazardous puddles to think about, and so people tend to forget the importance of picking the right tires.

The thing is, however, that the correct set of tires can make a massive amount of difference to safety, and performance. Breaking distance, grip, handling – all are effected by whether the tires suit the situation, or whether they are even fit for purpose. Tires can be a failing point on a MOT – but checking the tread and overall condition once  a year simply isn’t enough to ensure that you are safe. After all, rubber tires are thrown through a whole host of stressful and demanding situations every time you curve around a corner or slam your foot down on the brake – twisting and stretching the rubber, essentially distorting it. Eventually, the tire will simply give in and need replacing.

When the time does come, however, what tire should you choose? You’ve seen the Formula 1 races, with the tire changes and the important decisions between wet and dry tyres, hard and soft. Well, the same in many ways applies to your car, although hopefully you’re not going to be bombing along in the hundreds of miles an hour!

First off, you need to consider the make and model of your car – certain tires won’t fit, and other ones will. Once you’ve identified the possibilities, you need to think about the season, or the weather. For wet and dry situations, where you want comfort, a touring car tire will do the job nicely. However, in icy, cold and snowy weather, you might want to consider a safer set of winter tires, which are especially good in wet conditions. Fast cars with sporty engines may perform best with performance tires on that can help with your cornering. There are so many possibilities!

Be safe, be sensible – if your tread is down or your tires aren’t right for your car and your driving, you should go buy car tires now and make sure you’re as safe as possible!

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Posted by admin   @   3 May 2012

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  • henkka_eps33

    On this topic there’s one key thing to remember. A poor man can’t afford to be cheap. I’ve experienced this over and over again, cheap tyres are not a bargain, ultimately just a pain in your ass. So best buy some proper tires even if it’ll cost you.

    I did a little test with my girlfriend’s Ibiza; drove a couple of hundred kilometers on “expensive” tires and then changed them for cheap ones. The difference is huge and so clearly visible you can’t miss it, even with a light car like the Ibiza. 

    On the cheap tires the car was way more unsettle and felt as if it would bite you if you give it some leash. The tyre-noise grew also. Those tires were of the make “Firestone”, I don’t recommend those to anyone.

    It even surprised me how clear the difference was, I never thought there was much to it but apparently it’s not just marketing.


  • Beaurepaires

    I agree with what henkka_eps33 said below. Cheap tyres are a no-no. I have came across some retreads and I do not recommend it. Yes, they are cheaper than the new tyres but they are very dangerous. It is better to spend a little than risk yor own safety by buying poor tyres.

  • John

    That’s a very good point. Whilst you may not be a f1 driver racing around at top speeds,  you will experience poorly maintained roads with uneven surfaces and pot holes.
    Driving on poor quality tyres can mean spending more money in the long run due to poor grip, or an easily rattled car. 

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