Tires are one of your car’s most important components, providing traction, absorbing shock, transmitting braking forces, supporting load weight, and maintaining or changing direction of travel.
Compared to rubber tires from last century, modern tires offer improved safety, impressive performance, and longer life when they’re looked after properly.
Premium Vs Cheaper Tires
When it’s time to replace your car’s tires, it is important to carefully consider their quality, as well as choosing ones best suited to your budget, driving habits, weather conditions, and geographical area.
There many different tire brands available, with a variation in price between budget and premium ones, so the decision is often overwhelming for many. Budget tires all tend to have tread patterns that look quite similar to some of the premium brands, but that is where any genuine comparison will end.
Quality tire manufacturers invest millions of dollars developing the best quality tires that are exceptionally safe. Formulated using durable and long-lasting materials with quality rubber compounds, their tread patterns are always tested rigorously by replicating driving conditions in research centers and extensively used in real world applications.
What this means to you is that quality tires offer improved performance in all kinds of weather, with reduced braking distances, as well as an enhanced ride for an all-round better drive. While better quality tires may initially cost more, they last longer, provide better fuel economy, and most importantly, provide you and your family with safer motoring experience.
Regular maintenance means your car can run smoothly while also saving you from possible troubles in the future. On the other hand, neglected tires can cause issues with braking and handling, while also reducing fuel efficiency.
It’s important to note that tires will generally wear at different rates on different vehicles. For example, the front tires will wear very differently on a front-wheel drive car compared to a rear-wheel drive.
To ensure your tires can adequately carry out their main functions, they should be inspected regularly. This includes checking air pressure and tread depth, as well looking for signs of damage, wear, or deterioration. While there are no set rules for determining how long a tire will last, significant cracking or bulging are the main warning signs that they need to be replaced.
Rotation & Balancing
One of the best ways you can look after your tires is by annually checking tire balance as well as having them rotated after 6,000 miles or every 6 months.
Unbalanced tires affect your vehicles handling in the short-term, while potentially leading to costly repairs in the long-term.
By rotating your tires regularly through each of your vehicle’s different wheel positions, it will even out their wear and ultimately extend their life.
Don’t forget to inspect your spare tire to ensure it’s ready for use when required, and you should also know where both the jack and lug wrench are located inside the vehicle.
You should always look after the tires on your vehicle. If you take care of them, and they will certainly take care of you.