Perhaps the most overlooked section of any vehicle, tyres are the only contact that your vehicle has with the roads. They are accountable for proper braking, handling, traction, steering, and comfort. Choosing the right fit can make all the difference.
Things to look out for:
The first thing is to ascertain the type - tube-type or tubeless. Choosing tubeless or run-flat, over tube-type tyres is a no brainer. Apart from being safer, tubeless tyres ensure you keep on moving ahead, even if you have a flat
Ascertaining the right tyre size for your vehicle is based on three factors:
Rim size – Choose a size that is designed specifically for your rims. Larger rims, although look good, if not chosen after considering the sidewall height can result in lower ride quality and comfort
Tread width – Responsible for the grip, an increase of 0mm-20mm in width from the stock size is considered to be safe. Also, depending on your usage, the width can change.
Wider tread width offers better braking, good looks, more power, and high-speed corner maneuverability.
Normal tread width offers better fuel efficiency, effortless steering, and city driving.
Sidewall height - The objective is to choose a sidewall profile that keeps the overall diameter of the new tyres as close to the stock tyres as possible.
- Tread pattern
This is one of the most important things to consider as tread patterns have a major role to play in various weather conditions.
Directional pattern – Arrow-shaped tread pattern that aids faster water displacement due to the unimpeded water flow
Pros: Protects against aquaplaning and offers greater directional stability
Cons: Designed to work in only
one direction of rotation, and must be fitted accordingly
Suited for: Sports cars, and for wet roads & snow covered surfaces.
Symmetrical pattern – Identical tread patterns that aid better braking power and traction.
Pros: Offers better mileage
Cons: Good for short distances.
Suited for: Commercial vehicles.
Asymmetrical pattern – Has two different patterns, inner and outer shoulders.
Pros: Offers aquaplaning protection and better grip when cornering and driving on dry surfaces
Cons: Needs to be fitted properly, else it will not serve its intended purpose
Suited for: High performance hatchbacks and sports car, and for all weather conditions
Well, now that you are acquainted with the nitty gritties, lets talk about how much you are ready to spend on them.
Premium – These cost a bomb, but also last for a very long time.
Pros: Latest technology - Greater durability - Best performance
Cons: Highest initial price
Mid-range – These are best for those who don’t want to opt for low cost tyres, but can’t afford premium brands.
Pros: Made by premium brands - Greater durability than budget brands – Low cost than premium brands
Cons: Higher initial price than budget brands
Economy – These are for those who can’t afford the above two options. Although easy on the pocket, these are not recommended, as low cost translates into lower safety measures
Pros: Lowest upfront cost
Cons: Worst in terms of performance – Least durability – Old technology
Although we have covered the basics of choosing the right tyre for your vehicle, we still recommend you to consult expert engineers, like the ones at MyTVS Multibrand Car Service Studio. After all, its good to have a set of experienced eyes along on your side, when you are out to make the most underrated, but most important purchase for your vehicle.