It’s time to buy a new car which means one thing: looking at specs. Dads want to know about everything from safety to top speeds and handling. The last feature they think about is the tyres. Rubber on the wheels is insignificant compared to the price of buying and running a new motor. Forget about it!
Except that you shouldn’t channel your inner Tony Soprano at all. Why? It’s because burning rubber is a surefire way to ruin your next purchase. It seems far-fetched and over-the-top, but below are the facts which back it up. Continue reading to find out more.
We all want to help the planet by reducing our carbon footprint. The odds are high that you want to save money, too. Well, the right tyres can kill two birds with one stone, organically of course. It revolves around fuel-efficiency. 35% of petrol usage is to overcome resistance, such as depressurised tyres. Also, buying rubber which uses compressed air is likely to result in a low PSI. Opting for nitrogen not only keeps them inflated, but it lowers the amount of work for the engine. As a result, you use less gas and save the world and your bank balance at the same time.
It’s easy to see the brakes as the most important safety feature in your car. The truth is the wheels play a huge role because they produce the friction which stops the vehicle. Without rubber which is in good condition and covers a large surface area, your ability to brake will decrease. In most cases, drivers can negate this by stopping earlier. When a car slams on unexpectedly, you need to trust your brakes and tyres to perform. Investing in high-quality rubber maintains the standard of safety for which you bought the car in the first place. Bad tyres negate the most comprehensive of security features.
No one wants to let car expenses escalate out of control. However, it’s usually the little things which make the biggest difference. Did you know the front wheels take about 60% of the car’s weight? In general, the rears last twice as long because they don’t do as much work. This is where you rotate your tires to save money. By having spare sets of fronts, you can change them regularly and spread the weight. When you do this, you not only increase safety but limit rubber expenses. After all, there is no need to splash out on wheels once every few months.
When you think about it logically, the tyres affect every feature because they are the only thing which touches the ground. So, not only do they have an impact on the above, but they also influence handling and suspension and acceleration. Anyone who wants a half decent car for the money they spend will need to think about the tyres then. Otherwise, it may turn out to be a slow, heavy vehicle with a rock-solid ride.
Is that a good reason to think about rubber the next time you go to a dealership?