Most car owners often undermine the importance of tires. Apparently, they are a vehicle’s only contact with the road. A car’s engine, brakes, anti-skid system are all at the mercy of the tire’s grip on the road. Sadly, even after knowing this, we pay attention to the tires only when they start acting funny. Just like we realize the importance of a motor insurance when something goes wrong. Why wait?
For some of us, choosing the right tires for our car is a matter of price and availability of the tires whereas for the rest it is merely a matter of appearance and reputation of the brand. It’s about time we dive deeper into understanding the parameters of purchasing the perfect tires for a car.
Tires are of two types: Tubeless tires and Tube-type tires. The best thing about tubeless tires is that it will not deflate suddenly in case of a puncture whereas a tube-type tire needs immediate attention. Tubeless tires are better than the tube-type as they are a lot safer; however they are comparatively costlier.
The tire size is usually written on the side in a standard format, for example 215/75 R15. So, in this case:
- 215 (mm) is the width of the tire
- 75 (%) is the height of the side wall as aspect ratio to the width
- R stands for Radial
- 15 (inches) is the diameter of the rim
Generally, car makers in India provide tires that boost fuel efficiency, so 10mm upsize improves handling and braking in most cases.
There are different types of treads for different surfaces and requirements such as gravel, ice, mud, tarmac and so on. The tread pattern impacts the performance of a tire significantly as it directly reflects on the grip your vehicle has on the road in various weather conditions.
Tires with higher speed rating provide better grip. The rubber compound determines a tire’s life, along with grill level. Softer the compound, better the grip and even more tread wear.
The quality of a tire and its price are both heavily dependent on the brand. You must do a handful of research before opting for any particular brand because you might judge a tire by its brand value but it might not be the right kind for your car.
By now it must be clear to you that it is absolutely necessary for you to buy tires that are most suitable for your car. If you were happy with your car’s existing tires, you could consider referring to your car owner’s manual and opt for the same tires that you car originally came fitted with.
Although tires come with a warranty, in case of a tire burst or failure, there are very dim chances of getting any reimbursements. Most times, you are in the middle of your journey when you face a sudden puncture or tyre burst. Luckily we offer free roadside assistance with our car insurance for such scenarios.