When it comes to choosing tyres there are a few different things to consider – what sort of car you own and drive (you might need 4×4 tyres, for example), the sorts of roads you’ll be driving on, just how often you’ll be driving. But what does climate have to do with your tyres? Read on to find out!
The Impact of the Weather
The roads are exposed to the elements every day. They get icy and cold during the winter months, and can leak tar during the hotter months. Your tyres spend all of their time on the road, so it follows that the weather is going to have an impact on your tyres – the amount of wear and tear they suffer, how well they grip and how well they perform can all be affected by the weather.
All Season Tyres
All season tyres offer a balanced approach. They provide a good level of performance in both dry and wet conditions, and they offer traction in the snow. They are generally built with the normal driver in mind and have moderate tread depths. They are made of rubber compounds that are designed to give longer tread life than summer tyres.
These tyres come in a variety of different types, sizes and models and can be used on anything from hatchbacks and sedans right through to larger sports utility vehicles and vans. They provide ride comfort, they handle well and they’re suited to the majority of drivers. So if you live in a varied climate that experiences the full swing of the seasons, then a good all-round tyre is probably the choice for you.
These high-performance tyres are built for high-performance vehicles. They are built for speed, agility and handling. They are more responsive than all-rounder tyres and perform better when it comes to cornering and breaking. This is due to their specialised tread pattern and the way they are manufactured – they are made to grip! These tyres are ideal for those living in warmer climates where winter barely shows its icy face.
Aside from the weather, there is a range of other considerations to make when choosing your tyres. If you’re a 4WD driver, consider our range of all-terrain and mud terrain tyres, or our comfort andprestige highway ranges. This way you can be prepared for everything, whatever the weather or the environment!
No matter the type of tyre you choose or the climate you live in, you should still take good care of your car tyres. You can always schedule some car servicing in Canning Vale, or book in for a wheel alignment to ensure that you’re caring for your car. That way – hot or cold – your car and your tyres will keep you going and going.
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to looking after your car. You need to check and maintain the levels of your oil, water and coolant and have it serviced regularly to ensure that it runs smoothly and doesn’t break down at an unexpected and unfortunate time. One aspect of your car that is very important is the tyres. Caring for them is a good way to avoid costly tyre repair services. Let’s check out a few basic tyre car tips.
When Should You Check Them?
You should be checking your tyres air pressure at least once a month – although once a fortnight is probably better. You don’t need to be an expert mechanic to do this. Just drive down to your local service station and make use of their free air machine.
Another tip is to check your tyres before a long road trip. There would be nothing worse than getting all packed and ready for a holiday away and having to stop and change a tyre halfway there.
How Long Will Your Tyres Last?
There’s no hard and fast rule about this. It is dependent upon a few different factors: the design of the tyre (Kumho is one good brand), exactly how you drive, the climate you’re in, the condition of the road and how well you care for them. Although, as a rule of thumb you should be replacing your tyres every 5 years.
Tips for Tyre Care
Get your tyres inspected by a professional tyre mechanic at least once a year. If you haven’t had them changed in 10 years of more – get them replaced anyway. Even if they don’t seem bald or worn, it is better to be safe than sorry.
The best way to care for your tyres is to check and regulate their air pressure – the optimum amount is different for each type of tyre and car. It is worth reading your vehicle’s manual or asking a tyre specialist in Perth about this. Keep an eye on the tread wear and tear, and try to rotate your tyres as well. This will make sure that they last a good long time. Always follow your vehicle manufacturer’s suggestions and advice.
The Risks of Underinflated Tyres
Under-inflation poses a significant risk of tyre failure. Low pressure means that too much of the tyre touches the road – which causes a great deal of friction. This friction leads to overheating, which causes premature wear, tread separation and potential blowouts.
So, When Should You Deflate You Tyres?
Deflating your tyres may be appropriate for certain off-road activities, such as driving through a sandy terrain. Reducing your tyre pressure by around 25% can increase your surface area, helping them to get a better grip.
Before you make any decisions about this, it’s best to talk to an expert. The type of tyres and the vehicle that you use will also play a role in safe off-road driving.
If you have questions about tyre care, or would like a quote on an inspection or tyre replacement, please get in touch with AME Automotive. We’re always happy to help.