Check that your tyres are free from cut and cracks and that the tread depth is above the recommended limit
When you have a car or an SUV, the driving comfort can definitely be impacted by what tyres you have and the condition of the tyres. Wheel alignment and the balancing of the tyres are important to ensure that the vehicle can roll smoothly without any vibrations due to misalignment. If you feel that the steering wheel is rattling when you drive at high speeds, then you have some issues with balancing or your wheel alignment needs to be looked at at a service station.
When you purchase new tyres you will see that there is a label nowadays on all the tyres, on it you have 3 different indicators of how well the tyres perform on wet grip, rolling resistance and rolling noise. A high rolling noise can impact your driving comfort, as you will hear the tyre noise inside the coupe. If you have a hybrid or an electric car, this can be quite significant, as you don’t have loud noise from the combustion engine. You can use the tyre label to select a tyre that has a low noise level. There are even tyres where the noise level can be damaging for long exposures to the noise level. Summer tyres tend to have a lower rolling noise than winter tyres, especially if they are studded. However as you can see on the tyre label, the studded tyres are not as noisy as one might think.
The last thing you want when you consciously buy a very comfortable car is to have things negatively impacting it. Shock absorbers is another item that can impact the driving comfort, as bad shocks can make the ride very bumpy and make the car to sway. It also impacts negatively the braking distance as the shocks also push the tyres against the road surface.
Tyre pressure is also important for driving comfort. A car needs to have tyres with the correct inflation pressure. If the pressure is low the rolling resistance will increase, which can impact the tyre noise. You also have increase in the tyre wear and the car will start consuming more fuel as you drive. This might not impact the driving comfort, but it negatively impacts the driving economy of the car, so don’t waste money that could better be spend on something nice.
Without the proper performance from your tyres, you will not be safe while driving. Your tyres are what keeps you safe when you drive, so it is of utmost importance that you purchase high quality tyres and that you maintain them while you drive. It is important to realize that tyres are made to wear out, the speed of wear is partly dependent of how well you maintain them, how you rotate them, the quality of your tyres, your driving habits and car load.
Tyres of higher quality tend to be more wear resistant and will last longer, they also tend to have a lower rolling resistance, which makes the tyres wear out slower and also consume less petrol. When you wear out the tyres, the grooves in the tread will diminish and when the tread depth reaches 4 mm, it is time to purchase a new set of tyres. You will need to make sure that all the tyres reach the 4 mm mark at the same time by rotating the tyres to even out any increased wear between the rear and the front axel.
Careful driving also tends to produce lower tyre wear, while heavy load will wear out the tyres faster. When you have a hybrid or an electrical car, those tyres will wear out faster due to the extra weight of the battery packs. It is important to purchase wear resistance tyres in this case and make sure to rotate them more frequent than you would with a normal car. If you change between winter and summer tyres this is a natural point to rotate the tyres, unless you need to do it more frequently.
The tyre maintenance that you will need to do to ensure that you can drive safely is to check the tyres for any damages caused by hitting curbs, or potholes or other possible defects. If you notice any cuts or cracks in the tyre, you should seek advice from a tyre service station to see if the tyre can be repaired. You need also make sure that you have the correct inflation pressure in the tyre. If you have too low pressure in the tyres, the tyre wear will increase and you will wear out your tyres faster. Also the fuel consumption will increase, so that it is more costly to drive. So check the tyre pressure to make sure that you drive safely and efficiently.
The beauty of all-weather tyres is that it is a good tyre for all year round use. If you don’t live in one of the countries that have long and harsh winters, then you will be fine with a set of all-weather tyres that are winter approved. Winter approved means that they will have a 3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) symbol on the sidewall of the tyre. This indicates that it has been tested and approved for winter conditions. This makes it safe to drive regardless of what weather you will face and you don’t have to worry about the weather forecast.
These tyres will work as good in the summer as well as winter, so if you don’t use summer tyres all year because the weather allows you, then this could be your tyre. If you have very defined summer and winters, you might still be better off by changing tyres and if you only have summers and no winters, your performance from summer tyres will be better. With all-weather tyres, you will need a high quality tyre, to make sure that it doesn’t wear out too fast during the summer season, as the high temperatures can cause increased wear on the cheaper versions. It is also crucial to check the rolling resistance indicated on the EU tyre label to make sure that the tyre that you purchase has a low rolling resistance.
The rolling resistance dictates both the wear of the tyre as the rolling friction is higher which will lead to a higher wear, but also the fuel consumption is increased, so that you will spend more money on fuel. So the combination of having to purchase a new set of tyres more frequently and having to stop more often for fuel will quickly turn the cheaper tyres into the more expensive alternative.
The EU tyre label has been put in place to make it easier to make the right decision when purchasing tyres. Most people know very little about tyres and their importance, so that is why often the decision is purely made based on price as it used to be difficult to compare the tyres. Now part of this problem is gone and it has become easier to at least compare between the items listed on the tyre label.
Summers compared to winters tend to be easier when it comes to driving, but that doesn’t mean that you should disobey everything that provides safety to the driving in the summer. Here are a few things to consider to improve your safety in the summer season.
Make sure that the car is in good condition and this includes all the main functions of the car. This includes checking the brakes.
Make sure that you have high quality summer tyres, which are in good condition.
Good grip both on dry and wet surfaces is key for safe driving in the summer. Make sure that your tyres have a good braking distance to keep you out of accidents.
Check that the tread depth is more than 4 mm to ensure safe driving. Low tread depth will increase your braking distance, making you more likely to be in an accident. To be on the safe side, change tyres if your tyres are close to 4 mm.
Low tread depth also impacts the risk for aquaplaning. A timely change improves your safety when driving on wet roads on rainy days.
Make sure that the tyre pressure is as it should be. Too low inflation pressure can impact your safety in a negative way and can increase the braking distance. Tyre pressure is impacted by heat, so if you have big temperature differences, it is worth checking the pressure.
Despite beautiful and dry roads, keep your speed according to the speed limit and make sure that you keep your distance to any cars in front of you.
Making sure that your tyres are of good quality and in good condition is a big step towards safe driving in the summer.
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Electrical cars tend to be of higher initial investment than ordinary combustion engine cars. When you have a pure electrical car and not a hybrid car, you are very dependent on planning your charges. If you only drive back and forth to work or do shorter trips to the store or to daycare to pick up the kids, you should be fine. For most people that is the majority of what they use the car for anyways. If you need to do something out of the ordinary, something where you might worry about problems with charging the car, then you can always rent a car for that instance.
You will need to remember that an electrical car is heavier than a normal car due the weight of the battery packs. This will cause increased wear of the brakes as well as the tyres. For car tyres, you will need to make sure that you buy tyres that are made for electrical cars, so that they can manage the extra weight and not wear out too fast. There are both summer tyres and winter tyres for electrical cars, as well as all-weather tyres.
When you drive with your electrical car, you can enjoy a smooth and quiet ride. It is important to select tyres that have a low rolling noise, so that you will not be disturbed by that. A low rolling resistance also means that you will get further with each charge, so that is worth checking and a short braking distance is important as it can keep you out of accidents. All these are highlighted on the EU tyre label that all tyres have. This makes it easier to make a wise tyre choice and not be totally lost in the numerous tyre choices.
If you have invested the extra money in an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, it is good to also make sure that the tyres that you buy will be as environmentally friendly as possible. Choose a manufacturer that for example uses purified low aromatic oils only to ensure that the tyres are produced with low impact on the environment.
For the driver of an electric car, it is all about driving carefully and hoping to get as many miles out of your vehicle as possible before you will need to change the battery packs on the car.
Summer tyres are designed for optimal performance in the summer season. Summers are characterized by warm weather; at least that is what most people associate summers with. Summer tyres are thus tyres that are designed for driving on asphalt in normal summer temperatures. They will perform well on both dry and wet roads in summer temperatures.
High quality tyres also have a low rolling resistance, which improves your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Low rolling resistance not only saves money on fuel costs but it also reduces your carbon footprint by lowering CO2 emissions. Low tread depth is something that can impact the driving safety. It reduces grip, extends the braking distance and diminishes the ability to push away water from the tyre’s surface.
When you have the correct tyre pressure and high quality summer tyres, driving on asphalt should be super smooth and you should have a great driving experience. The excellent grip that you will feel when driving on curvy roads and while taking sharp corners, is also the grip that will give you short braking distance. If you run into rainy conditions, when there is a risk of aquaplaning, good tyres should be able to prevent it. The most advanced tyres have many innovations that help to remove water from the tyre’s surface in an efficient way.
Good tread depth is essential to ensure that a high volume of water can be removed from the surface. Failure to remove all the water will cause the tyre to float on top of the water layer and lose contact with the road surface. Aquaplaning should be taken seriously because it can lead to an accident if you lose the control of your car. Reducing the speed helps to prevent aquaplaning. When driving in the lower speed, water has more time to vanish through the grooves of the tyres. Tyres with polished grooves are able to remove water faster due to better flow of water away from the surface. The key is to stay safe by having high quality summer tyres with proper tyre pressure and sufficient tread depth.
Tyres are designed for different conditions; you have, for example, special winter tyres, summer tyres and all-weather tyres. High speed puts more centrifugal force and generates more heat build up in the tyre. If you select a tyre with too low speed rating you might risk tyre failure. When it comes to safety, you do not want to have tyre failure when you are pushing your car to the limit when it comes to speed. Tyre is what provides safety to your car and allows the car to exhibit its inherent safety aspects, but unless the tyres provide enough safety to keep the car out of accidents, your car will have to exhibit these safety aspects more often than anticipated.
Tyres will bring you the necessary grip and control over your vehicle while you drive regardless of speed. You need sufficient grip to be able to take sharp corners and turns, to have a short braking distance, to avoid accidents and to maneuver your vehicle. Depending on what conditions you plan to drive in, you might need to purchase special seasonal tyres. Severe winter conditions always require winter tyres or at least winter approved all-weather tyres.
Summer tyres of high quality will be able to handle the conditions that you will face while driving during summers. Most tyres are designed for driving on normal road surfaces and not in off-road conditions. If you plan to drive mainly off-road, you need to purchase special off-road tyres. Summer tyres have been designed to provide driving comfort on dry and wet roads alike and to prevent aquaplaning. The better quality tyres that you choose, the better they will be able to avoid this phenomena. Aquaplaning can happen in summer when you have rain or thunderstorms and thus a lot of water on the road.
Safe driving with high speeds – even though you would have the best high quality tyres with the correct speed rating on your car – you need to ensure that you have the correct tyre pressure. It is essential to check the tyre pressure because driving with wrong tyre pressure at high speed can be dangerous. Low pressure increases the heat build up and the tyre wear and can cause tyre failure at high speeds. Too high pressure will decrease the grip and increase the braking distance and will not be able to provide the best performance.
Some of the car accidents happen because the most important safety accessory of the car, the tyres, are not in good condition. As we all know, accidents do happen and you can wonder why they happen. There can of course be numerous reasons, like distraction, something unexpected happens or people are driving too fast. Some of these could be avoided with better tyres. Good high quality tyres enable you to stop faster and in shorter distance than with tyres that have bad tread depth or are in bad condition.
Taking care of your tyres, regardless if you use summer tyres, winter tyres or all-weather tyres is essential. You will need to check that they are in good condition, that they have sufficient tread depth, which is above 4mm. Tyre pressure is also important. If you have over inflated or under inflated tyres, they are not performing optimally, and you will not have optimal control over your vehicle. Since the temperature has an affect on the tyre pressure, it is important to check it more regularly when you have big temperature shifts. Also when you drive on a summer vacation, from e.g. Northern Europe to Southern Europe, the big temperature difference makes it very important to check the tyre temperature also when you have arrived to your final destination.
Wrong tyre pressure also impacts the rolling resistance, making your tyres to wear out faster than intended. This means that you will need to replace them sooner than expected and your replacement cost increases. Your fuel consumption also increases as your vehicle will consumer more petrol as you drive. So not only your safety is impacted, but also your finances, as you end up spending extra money while being less safe and be more likely to be in an accident.
The braking distance will increase when driving with wrong tyre pressure, with bad tyres or with tyres with low tread depth. This impacts your driving safety and you will have less control and grip when you drive. This is what mainly causes accidents, losing control over your vehicle due to aquaplaning, or when taking curves or then having tire failures. The longer braking distance due to bad tyres is also increasing the chance to be in an accident.
Taking the car and drive to a summer destination has always been a favorite way of travelling for many. Before it might have proven to be a substantial saving for a family, due to high flight prices, but now the tables might have shifted. The introduction of low cost airlines has reduced prices, while petrol prices are nowadays high. So if you are travelling with the whole family, you might not necessarily save, but you have a higher degree of freedom and you can stop along the way. Being able to access your luggage at any time and being able to bring whatever you want is a definite advantage for some.
For a long summer road trip you will need to make sure that you have good quality tyres on your car. Preferably dedicated high quality summer tyres, as they will perform better and will allow you to take full use of Autobahn with great feel of the road, giving you great control and safety. You will need tyres that are good at preventing aquaplaning, as you will probably run into a few thunderstorms during the summer and being able to avoid aquaplaning with a car filled with the family and luggage should always be prioritized.
The majority of the French people will spend their vacation in France and go down to the Riviera during August, when most French take vacation. There are some 20 million people visiting the French Riviera during August, so you might think twice about driving there if you are not a French and have some other beautiful options during August, or you visit the French Riviera other months than August.
Before you depart on your journey, make sure to check the tyres from any visual defects, and then check the tyre pressure. Make sure the spare tyres is in good condition and that you have a full tyre repair kit available in case you will need to change tyres due to a flat tyre. If you cross country lines, you will need to check what insurances apply and what you will need to bring with you in terms of insurance papers. It is always easier to check what applies when you are home, so check it before you leave. If your car and tyres are in good condition before you leave, you should be in a good shape to enjoy your vacation.