Been a car owner for quite a long time but you did not pay much attention to your tires because you simply buy what’s available in the market or as suggested by the repair shop? You must not let yourself blind of which tires are being attached to your wheels. Each of the tires has specific parts and functions that will help you drive smoothly regardless of the weather. This infographic will give provide information that is can help as you choose new tires for your car. Just a reminder though, you must still ask an expert if you have doubts. Don’t risk your life for having a trial and error experiment on the tires of your choice.
1. Tires carry the load of the car. It is only proper that the weight of the car and its load can be carried by the wheels and its tires. That’s the reason why the tires of carriages before were made of woods. However, as time changes, the loads became heavier and wooden tires can no longer carry it. In the 1950s, it was changed to steel. After that era, it was eventually turned to rubber.
2. Your type of car has a specific requirement for tires because a truck will need a different one from an automobile. If you want to increase the size of the contact patch of the tires: your options are to make it either longer or wider. If you are using a 4wd truck, a longer contact patch but it wouldn’t be appropriate for other types of cars especially the small ones. Longer contact patch will require having an increased diameter and it can hit other stuff on the road. The larger the diameter, the gearing will also increase and the engine will be slowed down.
3. A lower aspect ratio of the tire can affect the performance of the car. For one, it can cause the contact patch to appear squarer than oval. However, this is not good because it makes the tire more prone to hydroplaning. A shorter sidewall can improve the grip but the downside is that the wheel will be prone to damages. On the other hand, a taller sidewall will also pose advantages and disadvantages.
4. Do not exaggerate the plus sizing of your tires. Some owners would like to modify their cars and that includes increasing the size of the tires. Being too focused on the aesthetics without prioritizing functionality could give your problems when it comes to handling later on.
5. Yes, you can have wider tires but it should be too much. However, you must make sure that it is compatible with the recommendations of the tire manufacturer. Height and width or also known as the aspect ratio are important in ensuring the safety and security of driving the car. More so, road problems caused by the weather plus the inappropriate tires can increase your risk of meeting an accident. So, always know the details of your car parts and follow the suggestions and instructions given in your manual.
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