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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
tyres this is a
natural point to rotate the tyres, unless you need to do it more frequently.
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.
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 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
If you are a lucky owner of an SUV, then you have one of the safest vehicles for passengers out there. SUVs are that since a bit elevated so that you sit higher, and have a more favorable outcome when they are in accidents that traditional passenger cars. So you are much safer driving an SUV than a normal car. You do however need to make sure that you have proper SUV summer tyres or SUV all-weather tyres now that you are driving during the summer. Avoid buying some cheap tyres now that you have invested in an expensive car, the tyres are your only contact with the road and they will ultimately determine how safe your SUV is.
cheap tyres can jeopardize the safety of your
SUV and make the driving more costly. Cheap tyres tend to wear out faster, so
you tend to spend more money over time as you have to replace the tyres sooner
than you would if you have good quality tyres. Cheaper tyres also tend to have
a higher rolling resistance, so that they burn more fuel while driving causing
you to spend more money on fuel, while also emitting more CO2, so
you will be less environmentally friendly while driving.
purchased a hybrid SUV, you will have a more environmentally friendly car, so
you want to make sure that you select a tyre that has a low rolling resistance.
The EU tyre label simplifies the purchase as it is nowadays quite easy to
compare the tyres to make sure that you get a tyre that has a low rolling
resistance. Cheaper tyres also wear out faster than high quality tyres, which
can be a problem for the heavier hybrid vehicles, which require wear resistance
tyres due to the higher weight caused by the battery packs. Even with high
quality tyres you will need to make sure that you monitor the tread depth so
that you can rotate the tyres for a longer lifetime. When there becomes a
difference between front and rear tyres of more than a few millimeters it is
time to rotate them, so that you can purchase 4 new tyres when they are all
worn out. It is less safe to drive with a combination of new and old tyres.
Electrical cars and hybrid cars are heavier than normal passenger cars due to the battery packs. This is why it is advisable to use tyres that indicate that they can be used on electrical cars. These tyres can handle the extra load, have a low rolling resistance and are wear resistant so they don’t wear out prematurely. Electric cars accelerate faster and steer more precisely so you will need a high quality tyre that can accentuate these features.
electrical cars have instant high torque, the stress can be higher on the tyres.
That’s why you should rotate the tyres more often than you might be used to.
Rotation intervals should be around 5000-8000km to ensure even wear and that
the tyres don’t wear out too quickly. You can increase the lifetime of the
tyres by rotating them.
Due to the
fact that electric or hybrid cars are heavier than normal cars, the tyre
pressure becomes even more important to check and assure that it is correct.
Low tyre pressure will cause your tyres to wear out faster than expected and
also the rolling resistance will increase, so that you will get les distance
out of a full charge.
tyres frequently to see that they are free from cracks or cuts is essential.
Also measure the tread depth and remove any stones that might be stuck in the
tread, as that can damage and wear out the tyres. Make sure that the tread
depth is above 4mm. The tyre pressure is very important as the weight is
higher, so you need to check this on a monthly basis as well as when you have
big differences in the temperature.
have good summer or winter
tyres on your
vehicle, the driving experience will be enhanced. Good tyres will give you the
precision and stability even at high speeds. You will also reduce the risk of
aquaplaning when you have good quality tyres. For aquaplaning prevention it is
also important to have enough tread depth. Low tread depth increases the
braking distance and makes the driving less safe, so make sure that you change
tyres as soon as you go below 4mm tread depth.
Tyres are vital for your safety when you drive. Good high quality tyres will improve your safety in the same way that bad tyres will jeopardize your safety. When you go to a tyre shop, you will see a wide range of different tyres at differet prices. Without extensive knowledge it is difficult to make a correct choice. EU has made it mandatory for tyre manufacturers to add a label to the tyre with information regarding the tyre’s wet grip, fuel efficiency and tyre noise. This is to at least simplify the selection a bit. These might not be the most critical factors for you, but everyone should understand what they mean. The first decision is, however, if you need a summer tyre or a winter tyre.
I think most
of us want to have tyres with a low rolling resistance, which means that they
have good fuel efficiency. The wet grip, which also translates to safety,
indicates how fast you can get a vehicle to stop on a wet surface. This will
basically give a good indication of how safe the tyres are. Wet grip is harder
to achieve than dry grip. The tyre noise will affect the driving comfort. A
high tire noise can be very disturbing in the long run.
It is not
only purchasing good tyres that have an impact on the safety, tyre maintenance
is just as important. Good quality tyres with bad tyre pressure will not behave
optimally, so it is very important that you keep checking that the tyre
pressure is according to the car’s owner manual. Low tyre pressure will make
the tyres wear out faster and will increase the rolling resistance. So if you
selected a set of tyres because they had low rolling resistance and then you
run them with low tyre pressure, you will negate that effect.
Over time as
the tyres start to wear, it is important to monitor the tread depth to ensure
that the depth of the grooves is more than 4mm. Once you go below that, you
lose a lot of properties such as short braking distance, control and safety.
The risk for aquaplaning is also increased.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
you buy new tyres, it is important to maintain them to ensure that they last
you a long time. Here are a few ways to maintain your tyres.
is importation to check the quality of your tyres on a regular basis. Check for
any visual damages and possible cuts or cracks. If you notice any problems with
your tyres, then you should visit a tyre dealer for consultation.
the depth of your tyre’s treads. You can do it by pushing a coin into the tread
and measuring how far it could be pushed in. Some tyres have wear indicators on
the tyre tread, which indicate when you get to the 4mm or indicate for each mm
of remaining tread. If your tyres go below 4mm in tread depth, it is time to
the tyres between the rear and front axles to ensure that the tyres will wear
evenly. You should rotate the tyres when the difference between the front and
the rear tyres is larger than 2-3mm. If you alternate between summer and winter tyres, then it makes sense to
rotate between each tyre change. Proper tyre marking is key when you change the
sure that the tyre pressure is according to the car owner’s manual.
Underinflated tyres will wear faster and consumer more fuel than if they were properly
inflated. Underinflation can also damage the sidewalls of the tyres.
Overinflated tyres will wear out the middle tread and have worse traction than
a properly inflated tyre.
you have winter and summer tyres, make sure that the
tyres are stored properly between the seasons. Tyres should be stored in the
dark and in cool temperature.