For over 100 years, tires have been the most crucial element of a car. Well, they are in fact, the car’s only contact with the roads, and the hardiest of engines, best anti-skid system and the strongest of brakes are largely dependent on the kind of tires that the vehicle runs on. Each and every move that the driver makes, with the help of the steering wheel, gas pedal, brakes or accelerator, is transmitted to the street via the tires.
Therefore, if the driver has tires that are not inflated properly, unsuitable for the terrain or are worn out, then he/she is putting the vehicle, she/he and others at great risk. It might be needed to replace the tire even if the used car that you just purchased from a second hand cars sale in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai or any other place for that matter has tires in bad condition. For a few people, they pick tires based on the availability and the price while the rest may pick tires based on reputation or just appearance. But here is a list of points that one must consider before purchasing a new tire.
- Get Your Basics Right: Tires today have a large number of components, anything between 19 and 25. There are steel belts that give the tire stability and make the patterns of treading as flat as it can. Make sure you learn up some basic points of how the tires work and what the functionalities of the different parts are.
- Pick the Right Tire: The most common mistake users make are picking the wrong kind of tire. Tires usually have a code ingrained on them that signifies various specifications.
- Figure out Where to Shop: When you need to set up new tires, make sure you buy from the right place. Going back to the dealer to replace your tires can cost twice as much as it will if you got them replaced at a car servicing shop.
- Driving Needs Must Be Taken Into Consideration: Take a good look at the size of the tire your car needs in your manual. Take your driving needs into consideration, by analysing whether you will be doing mostly city drives or using the vehicle heavily on highways (firm ride, soft ride etc), what the terrain you will be driving on, and the average load on the vehicle. Do not pick a small size passenger car tire for a light pickup truck or a big SUV. Going to experienced mechanic to help you pick the right tire is highly recommended.