The writings on the (side)walls
Your tyres tell you more than just their size and profile, as explained in a recent video by Ashley Neal.
Tyres are obviously one of the most important aspects of car safety. They are the sole point of contact between your vehicle and the road. A good quality, modern set of tyres can help make your car handle more safely and predictably. Equally, they can make your car grippier and more fun to drive. Unfortunately, they are not always given as much consideration as they perhaps should be though. Are they the right width? Is the load rating suitable for my car? What season was the tyre designed for? These are all considerations that must be made when choosing the correct tyres for your car.
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Unfortunately, some people drive with tyres that are unsafe, or unsuitable for their car. Some also just opt for the cheapest option available, without considering any of the previously mentioned factors that need to be considered.
To try and help improve understanding of tyres, and how important it is to select suitable ones, driving instructor Ashley Neal uploaded a YouTube video discussing the topic. His video covers what the information you commonly find on a tyre sidewall means. For example, how would you know the load rating of your tyres? What temperature is optimal for them? What grip level rating do they have? These points and more are covered in Ashley's video, which I have linked below:
Replacing your tyres when you see signs of wear and deterioration is also a vital aspect of car maintenance. Tread depth isn't everything. Older tyres may look safe to use if the tread looks good. However, Ashley reminds us that tell-tale signs of deterioration like cracking sidewalls may be an indicator that it's time for a new set of boots. Ashley reminds us that the date of manufacture is printed on the sidewalls, so we can can quickly and easily check the age of our tyres.
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To summarise, it's vital to check the condition of your tyres regularly, not just the tread depth and pressure. When the time comes to replace them, don't just opt for the cheapest set, but consider which tyres are suitable for your needs and your car.
Ashley makes some great videos. They are useful for learners and new drivers, and can help more experienced drivers as well. I've personally learned a good bit from his channel, and did not know some of the things he mentioned in this tyre video. Here's a link to his channel: