How Do Tires Affect Your Car’s Performance?
Tires are one of the most essential components of a car, enhancing its
performance and ensuring its safe handling. Having understood this, car
enthusiasts look out for their car tires just as much as they would the engine,
exteriors and fuel efficiency.
In this blog, you can learn more about the importance of car tires.
Car Tire Diameter
When purchasing new tires, take note of the sequence of numbers and
letters marked on the side. The last number next to the letter indicates the
tire diameter or its length from one side of the rim to the other.
Tires can alter a car’s performance and stability. For example, those with
larger diameters offer better brake control, as well as a distinct look,
especially when painted, chrome-plated or ceramic coated. However, larger
wheel diameters also present parking difficulties as they can be harder to
control. With newer models, especially the latest Toyota cars, such
drawbacks are overcome, as tire sizes are developed to cater to our vision of
continually improved car performance.
Car Tire Width
When buying car tires, check the first number listed, which represents the
tire width in millimeters. The tire width is proportional to the size and
structure of the car and depends on the car parts and their handling
capacity. Seeing as wider tires are suitable for towing, they are ideal for
adventure seekers and those often venturing out of town.
Car Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is known to affect car performance. While underinflated tires
can cause serious problems that may lead to total breakdowns, over-inflated
tires cannot bend and flex easily, resulting in riding issues and possibly a tire
blowout, which is extremely dangerous when driving in rough terrain or off-
roading. That’s why we recommend checking your tire pressure regularly to
ensure they are neither underinflated or over inflated.
Car Tire Rigidity
How hard or soft your tires are also affects the ride and handling of a car.
Soft tires offer a smooth ride, better brake control and enhanced
performance, but they wear out faster over time. Meanwhile, hard tires are
longlasting and provide better control in harsher conditions, such as high
speeds and rough terrain.
Car Tire Tread Depth
When a tire’s surface begins to wear out, it loses its ability to perform well in
rain, snow, gravel, mud, dirt, sand, etc. A tire with a smooth surface offers
less traction, slides faster, requires more time to stop in wet conditions and
influences car performance, while an uneven tread wear results in unwanted
shaking while driving.
A car’s performance is highly impacted by how deep the tread is. Take racing
cars; they run on virtually treadless tires, which gives them maximum power
and greater traction during dry conditions, not to mention smoother tread
means less road noise while driving.
Now that you’re familiar with the impact of tires on car performance and
what you should consider next time you inspect them, we invite you to visit
the Markazia Toyota showroom on Mecca Street to learn more about our
Toyota models and their cutting-edge tires.