Save a Dollar: Get Some Tires.
If you drive then you need tires for your vehicle. Tires are probably the most important part of your vehicle. If you think about it tires are the only part of the car that actually touches the road. The rest is windows, engine and radio… No seriously, tires are the most important part of the vehicle. It comes down to the tires on the road that make it possible to move and go where you need to go safely.
Most people don’t think about the tires much until one goes flat, and this is unfortunate. The reason we don’t think of tires very much is because they are always doing their job, faithfully. I’ve had tires for years and never worried about a thing until they went flat or just wore out. I was lucky: I used to have a race-car. The tires were very important to the car. They needed to grip the road surface as best they could. Traction means speed. Let’s not forget about safety. I’ve had a blowout at top speed and let me tell you, it is no fun. Your life will flash before your eyes as you are trying to keep control of your car.
You then realize the importance of good quality tires. Tires can be expensive, so let’s look at some ways to reduce that cost. You can keep your tight budget under control, and still get a quality set of tires for your vehicle.
How Tires are Graded:
Now we have looked at some ways to reduce the personal finance burden on ourselves. Let’s look at the tire rating system that will ensure we are getting a quality tire no matter what the price comes out to be. Remember, your tires are an important part of your car. It’s probably not really a good idea to buy cheap tires for your car. However, getting good safe tires at a cheap price is what we are trying to accomplish. Let’s look at how tires are graded and judged. This way you can make an informed decision on your choice of tires.
Traction, Treadwear, and Temperature are the three main grading components of modern day tires.
Traction on tires is on an A thru C scale. A is the best. Traction is measured by the ability to stop under wet conditions. In other words, how well can you stop before the tire breaks hold and slides. The traction rating does not however measure how well you can take turns and handling in general. There are other factors that play into handling. Like the height of the tire, or sidewall, and conditions of the road.
Treadwear is basically how long will the tire last with good tread left on it. Grades are 100 thru 700(higher is better). This rating is controlled by the tire manufacturer so it can vary between companies. There are also factors that include road conditions, driving habits, and climate. However this rating still gives you a reference point on which to make a reasonable judgement.
Temperature is the grade that a tire will dissipate and resist heating up under certain conditions. The scale is A thru C. A the coolest running and C the hottest running. Again, there are conditions involved like tire pressure and amount of weight on the tire. All this information will allow you to make a safe and informed decision on your next purchase of tires.