Selecting The Right Tires For Your Car
Article by Wil Yeo
Car enthusiasts often replace the factory supplied standard wheel and tire set of their car to look different or sportier from the standard factory model.
If you want to give your car a new look and you are considering changing your tires, you need to decide first what kind of look you want for your car as well as their suitability. In addition, you will also need to decide the wheel size that you want to put on your car.
Do you want a different wheel size or the same wheel size? Do you want a wider or a taller wheel size, noting that wider wheel rims cater to wider tires for your car. Bigger tire means having better acceleration and cornering ability on dry pavement. Taller rim fits with a lower profile tire enabling you to retain the same overall tire diameter.
The next thing that you need to consider is the style that you want for your car’s wheels. In this aspect, your decision is purely subjective. You can choose from many styles of wheels. Choose the best wheel that not only looks good but also fits well on your car. You can choose from polished aluminum, chrome, wire wheels, or spoke wheels.
You can also choose the wheels that match the color of your car.The next step that you need to think about after considering the looks and type of wheel that you want is how you use and drive your car. You need to answer certain questions, for example: Do you haul or put heavy loads on your car often? Is your car a rear wheel or a front wheel drive?
After considering all these factors, the next thing you need to do is to look for car shops that mainly focus on selling automotive parts and accessories. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to check or ask around for automotive stores that sell wheels at cheaper prices.
If you find a online tire shop, you may want to visit the shop and check out the styles and the brands available in their store if you want to be sure of what you are getting and that the shop has a decent looking workshop. Go for stores that offer you wide selections of tires, the wider is the selection available, the better it is for you.
This increase the chances of you getting what you want. As a rule of thumb, followings are the 3 major criteria that you want to look at: Widest selection, best prices, and excellent customer service.
Visiting the shop will also assure you that they really have the wheels that they offer and advertise. After choosing the wheel that you wanted, you need to ask the store if they also install the wheel if you will buy it from them. If they do installation, check their installation area, if it is clean, organized, and neat. If you are not comfortable to let them install your wheels, you can go to the shop you are comfortable with to do your wheel installation. Doing so possibly mean higher cost and can be a hassle in transporting the tires and is therefore not recommended.
Your Tire’s Size, Type, And Tread
Apart from choosing the best set of wheels for you, here are a couple of information you need to know regarding tires, especially the tread pattern of the tire which can also make a big difference
Do you know that tires have also traction rating? Without getting too much into the technical terms, The UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading) traction rating basically indicates the tire’s ability to stop a vehicle moving straight forward on wet pavement or putting it differently, the tire’s grip on the road during straight line breaking in wet conditions. Its primary purpose is to help the consumers to compare the wet-road braking performance of a tire. Traction rating consists of A, B or C. Essentially, the better the traction rating, the better a tire grips the road. A traction rating being the highest available and it represents the tire’s superior ability to stop on wet pavement.
A couple of pointers to take note here: 1. Traction rating is based on the design of the tire and not the actual traction.2. Traction rating does not relate to the cornering ability of the tire.
Tires have different types. They come in bias ply, radial, and bias belted type. Most of the tires sold today are radial tires – reason being that they tend to roll more easily and have better traction than other types of tires. From another perspective, there are tires that are designed for general conditions such as the all-season-tires, and there are tires designed and built specifically for snowy conditions such as the winter tires. The best approach when you want to be sure of what kind of tires are best for your car, is to check with your tire dealer, letting him know about the driving conditions, your driving habits and preferences.
Remember, a good set of tires not only can make your car look better but can also mean safer journey and smoother rides. Drive safe.