tires. Saturday , November 25th , 2017 - 05:57:10 AM
Every car sold comes with tires, right? It is hard to drive off the lot without them. The reality is that it is only a matter of time before you start giving some thought to upgrading to performance tires, or maybe you just need a new set. Does the thought of buying tires or auto parts make you as frightened as an acrophobic going to the top of Sears Tower? Calm down. Take a deep breath because Dr. Drivewire will explain all of the insider secrets you need to know about purchasing the best tire for your needs.
In an effort to minimize cost, some people try using snow tires only on the drive wheels of their vehicle. This is an ineffective and possibly dangerous solution. This may give you the confidence in certain situations of having control however this is an illusion and the false confidence may lead to reckless results. Putting snow tires in the front on a front wheel drive may allow better starts and stopping but it places you in danger of fishtailing around turns. The rear wheels will not have sufficient traction to handle the turns your front wheels initiate. Similarly and possibly more dangerous, putting snow tires on the rear wheels of a rear wheel drive car will allow better starts but will do nothing for steering or braking. It is always advised to install snow tires in a complete set of four.
Finally, the "H" represents the amount of speed the tires can travel at. An "S" would be able to handle speeds up to 112 mph, an "H" speeds up to 130 mph, and a "V" speeds 150+ mph. These are strict guidelines and should not be tested. Again, this is all good information to know, but it is more important to just know the correct tire size for your car. There’s no need to get confused by all the information when all you really need to know is the tires that make your driving safe. If you have any questions about any of these, ask your mechanic.
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