An Overview Of 3 Types Of Car Tyres
There are a number of factors to take into consideration when selecting new tyres for your car including driving conditions, vehicle use and budget. Your tyres can impact fuel efficiency and road handling, so having an understanding of the benefits of each type of tyre can help you get the most out of your driving experience. Here's an overview of the three main types of car tyres for you to consider.
Made of soft rubber compounds that enable great grip on the ground and steering stability even when driving at speed, summer tyres are designed to work best when the temperature is above freezing. They perform well on dry and wet roads, and due to having minimal tread block patterns, they are relatively quiet even when driving on uneven road surfaces. Additionally, summer tyres have minimal elasticity, which makes them a great choice for fuel economy. These tyres can be used year-round in areas that experience a moderate winter where temperatures don't generally fall below freezing.
Winter tyres are sometimes referred to as snow tyres, but this is misleading, as they are actually designed to maximise driving performance and safety on wet or dry roads when the temperature is below freezing. The rubber compound in these tyres has a greater groove ratio than summer tyres, which improves grip and handling in winter driving conditions. Additionally, these tyres improve stopping distances in icy conditions, and your car is less likely to lose traction in wet conditions due to the design of the tread pattern, which directs water away from the tyres as they make contact with the road surface.
Run-flat tyres are similar to summer tyres, but they have an innovative design feature that allows you to continue driving your car to a garage when you get a puncture. The sidewalls of the tyre are reinforced, which helps the tyre maintain its shape and allows you to stay in control of the car and continue driving for a short distance. Run-flat tyres can't be repaired, as driving with a puncture does compromise the strength of the tyre wall, so you will have to replace the tyre any time you get a puncture.
As you can see, the type of tyres you choose for your car can affect your road safety, so discuss your options with your local tyre shop before making a purchase.
For more information contact a tyre shop today.