A lot of people don’t know that they can improve the performance of their car by selecting the correct tyres. Tyres are an integral part of the vehicle and the only part that is in contact with the road surface. If you have bad tires the grip and control will not be optimal and you might lose control over the vehicle during sharp curves. Aquaplaning will also be more prevalent if the tyres are in bad condition as you will need good tread depth to be able to prevent aquaplaning during heavy rain. Good summer tires are key for preventing aquaplaning and since this is the most frequent cause of accidents during the summer rain, it is good to have tyres that are able to prevent it.
When you face other challenges such as winter weather, then you will need to have tyres that are approved for these conditions. You should have summer tyres during the summer and winter tyres during the winter or then at least all-weather tires that are approved for winter conditions. If you don’t face any winter weather during the year, then you can manage with a summer tyre for the whole year round, but then you will need to make sure that you rotate the tyres to ensure even wear between the rear and the front tyres.
If you have a sports car, it is important that you match that with
high performance tyres that can handle the higher speeds. The same is valid if
you have an electrical car or a hybrid, as both these will need tyres that can
handle the higher loads that comes from the higher weight that these vehicles
exhibit due to the battery packs. This is in the same way that you will need
special tyres if you have an SUV.
For optimal performance you also need to make sure that you have
the correct tyre pressure. If you have wrong tyre pressure you will not get the
best performance from your tyres and thus not the best performance from your
vehicle. If your tyres have low tyre pressure, then your tyres will wear out
faster and it will also lead to your vehicle consuming more fuel. So both these
factors will lead to increased costs as well as you will not have the intended
grip and performance when you take curves and corners, as you would expect.
When it comes to driving safety of a car, it is a combination of how safe the car is and how safe the tyres are. The tires are more involved in preventing the accident and the car will more decisive in how well you will survive a crash. The safest car with bad tyres can still experience accidents if the tyres are in bad condition. It is very important to have the correct tires for the weather conditions that you might experience when you drive. Driving with summer tyres or tyres that are not approved for winter conditions, during winter conditions is very dangerous. In the worst case you will basically not have any grip or traction.
So when selecting tyres for your vehicle you need to decide what tyres you will need during the year. Do you need a set of summer tires and a set of winter tyres and alternate between the seasons? If the winters are not so harsh you can also choose to use an all-weather tire that can handle both summer and winter weathers. Whichever solution you choose, you need to make sure that you have high-quality tyres. This will provide you with the best safety regardless of what weather you will face. The best option if you have winters is always to have a set for summers and another set for winters. This will keep you safe during the winters and will give you the best performance during the summer.
During the summers it is mostly the heavy summer rains that
can cause problems, so you need good tyres that can help prevent aquaplaning.
Tyres have developed a lot and new innovations in the tread design have been
launched that enhance the flow of water away from the surface to help prevent
the occurrence of aquaplaning. For the winter you need to make sure that you
have proper tyres that can handle snow, ice and slush. These conditions are
impossible to cope with if you have summer tyres. A winter approved all-weather
tyres, can manage, but if the winters are severe, you are better off changing tyres between the seasons, but you
need to make sure that you change the tyres in time.
For safe driving you are relying on your tyres and your driving skills. The tyres play a fundamental part of making sure that you remain safe as you drive. Weather impacts the ability to drive, while it shouldn’t stop us. It is just that you will have to match the tyres for the condition that you will face. With matching the correct tyres and weather, if the quality of the tyres is good, you will be safe to drive.
If you live in an area with big weather changes, alternating between winter and winter weather, then summer tires will not be enough to cope with the conditions. You will then have to go for having two sets of tyres and alternate between them depending on the season, or then you can opt for an all-weather tyre that should be approved for winter conditions. The all-weather tire is designed to handle all the weathers that you might face, regardless if it is dry summer hot roads or icy and snowy winter conditions. You will still be better off during winter with specific winter tyres and if you have a solid reoccurring winter, then you should alternate between tires. However if you live in an area where you are never really sure if it will be a real winter or not and quick changes in weathers that might leave you with the wrong tyres. For these cases the all-weather tyres prove to be very important and a big reason why you can drive everyday regardless of weather and you don’t have to worry about the weather forecasts.
If you do decide upon changing tyres between the seasons,
then you will need a set of summer tyres and a set of winter tyres. You will
need to make sure that you shift the tyres in time so that you have the winter
tyres on your car before the winter arrives and leave them on until the winter
has safely disappeared in favor for the summer. You don’t want to drive with
winter tyres during the summer as they will get very soft and wear out faster
than intended. If you have studded winter tyres, then there are regulations in
place mandating when the studded tyres have to be removed and also when they
earliest can be mounted on the car to be ready for the winter season.