Choosing car tires is not something that is familiar to many of us. Afterall, a set of new tires often lasts for quite a few years. As such, it is not a regular task even for car owners. Here are some tips on what to consider when its time to purchase a new set of tires.
Marking on tires
First of all, its useful to understand the markings on the tires as they basically specify what you are getting. In a typical demarkation of P205/55R16 63H on the sidewall of the tire, P means that the tire is for passenger cars. 205 refers to the tire width, at 205mm. 55 shows the ratio of the tire’s height to its width, and R means that this is a radial wheel. 16 means that the rim diameter is 16 inches. From here, 63 is the maximum amount of load the wheel can carry, and the H is a speed rating. Particularly for H, this means the tires’ speed capability is up to ~200km/ hour.
Tire Performance Characteristics
Secondly, you need to consider what are the performance characteristics you seek in your tires. Typically, the choice of a certain characteristic means you would need to sacrifice on another characteristic. The loading capacity should at least be that recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle.
Thirdly, driving conditions need to be factored in. For most of us, this would be city road driving, and particularly given fuel prices, fuel economy is probably something on many’s minds. For those who drive across the causeway into Malaysia and Thailand, you may face forest paths and also need to take toughness into consideration. Given the sometimes very wet weather conditions in Singapore, tire traction should cater for this. You may also wish to consider the speed of wear of the tires as this has effects on frequency of replacements needed.
Preferred Driving Style
Fourthly, your preferred driving style would also influence the type of tires you would choose. If you want to opt for better handling and control, you would choose performance tires. This, however, means that you would feel the road conditions more with the stiffer handling. On the other hand, if you like a smoother ride, you would choose comfort tires that would also aid in absorption of the bumps, together with your shocks and struts.
After getting your new set of tires, also take on the necessary steps, like ensuring adequate tire pressure to help them last longer. Tire repairs can also be carried out for some damages, so it may not always be necessary to replace them. We are here to assist you if you have enquiries on whether the repairs can be carried out.