In this article, we will be boiling down all you need to know about tyres. Our tyre buying guide will arm you with expert knowledge to pick the model that best suits your needs.
How To Read A Tyre
Just like a pair of new shoes, picking the right tyre starts with finding the right fit. You can figure this out by reading your sidewall. Look for the first letter which signifies the size classification. In the case of passenger car tyres, for example, you will find a series of numbers & letters at the side of your tyres and it will go something like this: P205/65R15 92T. Over here, the P stands for passenger car, what follows indicates the tyre size specifications. If you can match this code from your old tyre, to a new one, you’ll be a step ahead when it’s time to choose a tyre. Each tyre has its own service code which is a combination of its load index and speed rating. The 92T reflects the maximum load a tyre can carry. An index number of 92 can carry a maximum load of 1400 pounds. The succeeding letter T is the speed rating which about the maximum threshold of the speed, a tyre can safely sustain during the course of time. A T rating means the tyres maximum speed is 118 miles per hour. Though. you likely won’t find yourself driving at such speeds, tyres with a higher speed rating tend to handle and grip better on dry and wet roads. You can typically find a speed rating chart at your local tyre store. When it’s time to replace a tyre for both new and used cars, we recommend sticking with the same tire size, load index, and speed rating that originally came with the car.
Whether you want a quieter ride, better handling in the snow or ultimate grip, what’s most important in determining your driving needs. If you live in a hotter place, you’ll want a tire that grips well on dry and wet roads. If you live in a colder place, you’ll want a tire that handles most weather conditions, especially the snow. If you prefer a quiet and comfortable ride, go with a tyre that helps with smooth riding. If you’re a driver that likes to feel the road, look for a tire geared towards handling precision. You’ll have more control, but it could mean a noisier and stiffer ride.
Now that you know your tyre specs and driving demands, you can choose the type of tyre that best fits your needs. All-season tyres are the multi-functional solution for vehicles. Standard on most sedans and minivans, they’re designed to handle most conditions over dry and wet roads. They give you a comfortable ride but, they lack precise handling and cornering grip. You can expect the tread depth, otherwise known as tread wear to be long-lasting. As a tire wears it can lose snow traction as we grip. That’s why it is important to get authentic tread wear testing that has a strenuous and detailed procedure.
High-performance all-season tyres are found on most newer cars. They provide better grip and easy handling. The trade-off? Shorter tread life than regular all-season tires. However, you will see improved dry and wet traction due to the pattern of the tread. Make sure to take a test-drive to measure the performance of the tyres. Usually, during a test-drive braking session, the car should be accelerated to 60 miles per hour on the track and hit the brakes. The time taken for each set of tires to stop should be measured carefully. A poorer performing tyre will generally take a longer time to stop compared to a better performing tire. This can make the difference between a close call and an accident.
You can’t tell how a tyre will perform with just it’s appearance. So, even if you are looking for top tyre brands, make sure to do your research and look at reviews to find the one that matches your needs.