tires. Saturday , November 25th , 2017 - 04:45:58 AM
Tires play a critical role in the handling, maneuvering and braking of any motor vehicle. No matter what the type...RV, SUV, utility vehicle or commercial truck, tires are the only thing that contacts the road. Obviously, there is much more than just the vehicle resting on those tires, its overall safe operation is as well. By following some basic tire safety practices, you will not only drive with a greater degree of security, you will extend the usable life of your tire investment considerably.
Winter tires are specifically designed to grab snow and ice. Unlike an all season or summer tire, a snow tire is manufactured with a softer, more flexible rubber formula more suitable to cold weather. Using this compound, a winter tire retains its traction capabilities to hold the road better and to grip snow and ice. A summer or all season tire will tend to become more brittle and inflexible in cold temperatures and therefore it will slide much quicker. The ability to bite into snow and ice and to conform to the road is critical in the winter to avoid getting stuck, to steer and corner effectively and to stop. A tire not made specifically for cold weather cannot function effectively in winter stopping and cornering. Many newer cars are equipped with features like antilock brakes, stability control and even all wheel drive to help with effective maneuvering however, these systems are only as effective as the tires upon which all the systems are dependent. Picture an emergency room equipped with all the latest and best equipment ready to take care of any emergency thrust upon it. However, this ER is staffed by only first year med students. All the best technology in the world will not save lives without the critical knowledge of the doctor. In the same way, all the best traction systems on a car are useless without proper tires.
It is possible that the wrong tire will fit onto your car. In most cases, the difference is so minute that it won’t cause any harm. However, what you should know is that all mechanics and car dealerships will absolutely refuse to put on tires that are different than what you are supposed to have. You are given a tire size specific to your car and there are no reasons why this should not be obliged. They want to fit the manufacturer’s guidelines exactly and that is for your safety. Make sure you don’t try to be adventurous in this area. When a wrong tire size is put onto your car, you may actually feel that the driving is different and you should go get it checked out. If you happen to buy the wrong tires and bring them to be installed, don’t worry, they will give you the correct tire size and send you back to return them.
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