The Types Of Tyres And Why They Are Needed
In this article, we look at the many different types of tyres available for sale in Bristol and investigate the different uses they all have. We hope you find it interesting and hopefully gives you some good advice for when you next need to change your tyres in Bristol.
We are going to look at the following types of tyres, winter tyres, budget tyres, run-flat tyres and high-performance tyres.
Let’s start with Winter tyres and why you need them. The first thing to mention is you should never fit winter tyres unless you are fitting all four, the reason is that your car would be unbalanced, and the stability and handling would deteriorate. When fitting winter tyres always fit all four or not at all. Official winter tyres are marked with a snowflake on a mountain, anything else without that logo and being sold as a winter tyre is not a winter tyre so please keep an eye out for that. The assumption that winter tyres add an extra expense is not really true, whilst you have to pay for a local tyre dealer to change your tyres twice a year you actually save wear and tear on the set you are not using so they will last twice as long as just having the one set. A local tyre dealer in Bristol would only charge around £40 to swap all four over for you and you’ll probably get a balance check too so it’s well worth it really.
For safety, the way winter tyres work is by having specialist grooves designed to ensure your car stops in a shorter space if there is snow in the ground. At a speed of 50 mph, a winter tyre can save you up to 25% less stopping distance than a summer tyre which could well be the difference between a crash and not having a crash. Winter tyres also work better on ice and water as they expel water meaning less chance of the vehicle aquaplaning. So all in all we recommend that you have summer tyres in the summer and winter tyres in the winter, some insurance companies may even give you a discount if you mention this so they could end up paying for themselves, not to mention the peace of mind they give you when driving in wintery conditions.
Next up is its budget tyres. We need to first state that budget tyres are not remoulded that have been used before and they go through the same testing procedure as premium-priced tyres. Budget tyres are most found on the most common sizes of wheels. The way they can keep the price down is by being mass-produced to fit a vast range of cars. The more specialised your tyre size is the more expensive it will probably be and that works in reverse for budget tyres. Whilst it is true that some of the premium tyres can exceed the limits of some budget tyres we are only really talking about the real high end of their capabilities and in general motoring you shouldn’t lose any performance or experience any vast differences in stopping distance. If you have a high-performance car then we recommend that nothing else but high-performance tyres will do, and we will have a look at those later on.
Some budget tyres can be priced at around half that of the higher performance versions so you can make a real saving and if you drive sedately then you will never know the difference. Budget tyre pricing can allow you to change your tyres sooner too, maybe not getting below 3mm in tread depth rather than the legal limit of 1.6mm would actually make your budget tyres perform better than the more expensive options if they are let to go below 3mm? Worth a look at depending on your mileage per year I would suggest.
Run Flat Tyre Technology
Let’s switch gears and look now at run-flat tyre technology, shall we?
The function of a run-flat tyre is to do exactly what it says and that is to, run-flat in the event of a puncture, and enable you to still drive the vehicle, although with limited capabilities. Making sure you can get home or to the local tyre dealer in Bristol rather than getting stranded on the side of the road and incurring large recovery bills to get your stricken car to the tyre dealer.
Similar to the winter tyre scenario, if you want to have run-flats on your car you must first check if your car is suitable to have them fitted, a local tyre dealer in Bristol will be able to advise you on this. You cannot have a mixture of run-flats and non-run flat tyres, you must have all four the same, make that 5 actually because of the spare tyre if you have one. Your car must have a TPMS or tyre pressure monitoring system to be compatible with run-flat tyres. You can still add air, as normal, to run-flat tyres but as the outer skin of the tyre is thicker than a standard tyre, to enable it to travel further when flat, you may not be able to tell if your tyre needs air, you may have to rely upon your onboard computer to let you know the current pressure. Run-flat tyres can give a slightly firmer ride than the standard tyre, but the difference is not that much and really depends on the car more than the tyre choice.
High Performance Tyres
Last, but not least, we have the high-performance tyre option. Like those before it, you can probably guess what these are for, that’s correct, high-performance vehicles. Let’s look at why you should have this type of tyre. Most high-performance cars are fitted, from new, with specific high-performance tyres. Car manufacturers will partner with tyre manufacturers during the car’s development programme and the tyres will be designed alongside the car to give the best ride, best performance, best grip and so on. In other words, the tyres are as much a part of the car as say the turbo or the clutch, they have all been designed to work together and get the best out of the vehicle. On some makes and models, you will even reduce the sell on the price of the car if you have had any different tyres on it in the past. So, yes, of course, these tyres will cost you more, lots more than a budget tyre anyway, but you have bought a high-performance car for a reason, and you shouldn’t skimp on such a large part of that performance, the tyres.
We hope that you have enjoyed our descriptions of some of the most popular tyre choices available in the UK today, if you would like to know anymore then, your local tyre dealer in Bristol will be more than happy to take you through the answers so go and have a chat with them. Thanks for reading.
Ben works for the marketing team at BS3 Ltd. He is passionate about cars and informing people about the services BS3 Ltd offers.