Many people think that tyre is just a part of the vehicle that make contact with the ground and plays no significant role in how the car performs. Look at the tyre industry and you will find that there is no other car part in the industry that is as diverse as tyres.
From preventing hydroplaning to increasing fuel-efficiency, the rubber plays a far more crucial than just maintaining grip with the ground. Tyres not only make contact with the terrain, but they are also important for your safety and performance of your car.
Buying a tyre for your car can be confusing and can turn into a daunting experience if you don’t know much about cars. To make the right decision it is important that you have adequate knowledge about the tyre.
We are going to walk you through a few major things in this article so, the next time you go to purchase tyres, you are equipped with the right knowledge.
- What kind of tyre does my vehicle require?
- How many miles would the rubber last?
- What is my budget?
Types of tyres
First introduced in the late 1970’s — all-season tyres were brought into the market to fill the gap between winter and summer tyres. People were looking for tyres which could endure moderate winter conditions like light snow and at the same time perform well in summers.
All-season tyres are crafted with a unique rubber that stays flexible even in the scorching heat of Sun, while the deep tread helps the tyre grip snow and ice. If you can find M+S symbol on your tyre then you can take your tyre into mud and snow. These tyres provide quiet, smooth and comfortable rides because the tread is not that deep. When the tread is deep, as it is in winter tyres, it makes more noise on roads and highways.
All-season tyres popular because the cost low as these don’t require specialised technology to manufacture. Another reason is the extensive tread life that these tyres provide. Also, the tyre manufacturers offer more warranty for all-season tyres.
Summer tyres are designed to perform well on highways and roads. As these are not intended for off-road usage, the tread in these tyres is smooth with less depth as a result the rides are extremely quiet and smooth. These are most commonly used on passenger vehicles such as SUVs, sedan, coupe and sports cars.
These tyres are engineered to provide responsiveness in high-speed situations. The number of grooves in summer tyres are less so these maintain the optimal level of traction on roads and highways, while these also resist hydroplaning.
The name says it quite clearly. Winter tyres are engineered to provide ideal grip on snow and ice. Whether its heavy snowflake or slippery ice, these tyres will maintain perfect traction. The soft rubber in winter tyres allows it to stay flexible in cold conditions, while the deep tread depth helps it grip tyres better. These also feature biting edges which help them attain extra traction.
All-season tyres can perform in mild or moderate winter conditions. However, these struggle to grip the road in extreme winter weather. Winter tyres not only grip the surface perfectly, but they also prevent skidding by ensuring quick braking.
High-performance tyres and Ultra-high performance tyres
High-performance tyres and UHP tyres are similar to summer tyres. The only difference is they can attain great speed. These also have better responsiveness, handling and cornering abilities when at high speed.
When compared to summer tyres or all-season tyres, these tyres have less tread life and less tread depth. The voids between the tread are tiny which helps it achieve a higher speed rating.
Commercial tyres, also referred to as bus and truck tyres are designed for commercial trucks and busses. You can find these tyres in an array of weather traction, from summer to winter. These tyres are designed to deliver a high-mileage tyre warranty.
You can also find Dunlop commercial tyres for different terrains, from mud and hills to highway and roads.