A Brief Guide To Tyres
Having the right size, shape, and style tyre for your car will be a deciding factor in how your car handles. Your car’s tyres are actually like shoes that come in contact with the road. Their reliability and sound structure will dictate how well your tyres grip the road, how safe you are, and if you should replace them. One way to ensure you are getting the best performance out of your car is by replacing old tyres with new ones.
On this page we will go over everything you should know when purchasing a new set of tyres for your car.
The Size Of Your Tyres
Before purchasing new tyres, there are factors you must consider including what tyres are the right size for your car. Tyres come in a huge range of sizes for all different vehicles. Very small tyres are designed for motorcycles while very large tyres are built for large vehicles such as tractors and excavators. The rims are very important when choosing the right tyres for your car. They can run from 12-inch rims to 20-inch rims. The best option is consulting your car’s user manual that will give you the correct size for your vehicle.
The Right Type Of Tyre
The next consideration is what type of tyre is right for you and if the tyre is right for different changes in climate. Tyres are designed for various operations and at what time of year. Winter tyres are designed with deeper grooves and tread patterns for better traction in snow. Summer tyres are made to provide a greater grip in hot, dry climates and for times when there’s a heavy downpour of rain.
If you have the right tyres on your car at the right time, you can be sure your car will have greater traction and great stability when the tyre meets the road.
Is It Important To Buy New Tyres?
First off, tyres are made from rubber which will affect friction. In other words, you cannot stay with the same tyres for the entire life of your car. Your car’s manual or tyre manufacturer’s manual will inform you that after “X” number of miles your tyres should be replaced. Another important factor for knowing when to change your tyres is the wear and tear on the treads.
Tread Wear And Tear
Different tyres have different tread patterns. The design will give your car the proper grip on the road while protecting your car from aquaplaning when it rains. The tread will wear out over time which is obvious when you look at the treads and they are wearing down and disappearing. Once the treads wear down, you will lose the ability to grip the road. Stay up on the treads to find out if you have worn-out tyres. A simple check involves using a coin to check the depth of the treads. If the coin is buried less than 1/3rd between the treads, it’s time to visit your tyre shop and replace them.
Aquaplaning is caused by the creation of small amounts of water getting in between the tyre’s surface and the road. The older your tyres, the more likely this will happen. This accumulation of water causes the tyre to lose traction and will make you lose driving control. You should show extra caution if you live in an area where it rains a lot. If your tyres are getting old, it’s time to replace them to prevent the chance of aquaplaning.
Punctures In A Tyre
If you have a tyre that has been repaired for punctures, over time the tyre’s integrity will be greatly compromised. The last thing you need is driving around on a tyre or tyres that are in bad shape. Also, if you get your tyre repaired, chances are the old punctures will surface. Your mechanic will probably point out that it’s time to replace it.
If you are driving at high speeds and your tyre goes flat, that can be a dangerous situation. Your tyre could burst, placing you in harm’s way by losing control of your car. You need to protect yourself and your car from any future incidences like this.
On A Final Note
You should keep track of your tyres and any alterations that have been created. Stay clear of getting the wrong size or type of tyre when looking for replacements, and get rid of old tyres before they lead to problems when you are driving. You need to replace your old tyres with new ones when you first realize something is totally off with your traction.
If you stay on top of your tyres, you might have them for a good amount of time but if something seems amiss, play it safe and replace them. Showing precaution will keep you and your car safe. If you have questions, ask your local mechanic or go to a tyre shop and have them checked out.
If you’re in the North Manchester area, Manchester City Centre or anywhere from Bolton through to Bury, Oldham and over to Uppermill Volksmaster offer you many convenient options. Get a quote for tyres below or give us a call, in Oldham 0161 624 5060, Bury 0161 761 3030 or at our Van centre also in Oldham 0161 628 5270.
Arranging Your Tyre Replacement or Repair
Drop your car off
Simply drop your car off with us between 8am and 10am and in most cases your vehicle will be ready for collection the same day between 3.30 and 5.30. Outside these hours you are welcome to park.
Wait with your car
Most servicing and repair work can be done while you wait. If this is your preference we have a superb waiting area equipped with free hot and cold drinks and a interesting viewing area where you can watch our trained technicians working on your vehicle.
If your vehicle needs to stay with us for 1 day or longer then you are able to pre-book one of our courtesy vehicles to keep you mobile.
Pick up / drop off
The ultimate hassle free solution; one of our drivers will arrange to collect your vehicle from your home or place of work at a pre-arranged time and then return your vehicle when the work is complete. Our service advisors will contact you when the vehicle arrives on site during the day to discuss the progress of the work and then advise you of the time you can expect your vehicle back. Contact our service advisors for more details.