Good car tyres go a long way to helping you drive safely; for starters, they would have better traction on the road. And with better quality tyres and great treads, you should be able to control your car better and even prepare your car to brake on the spot. After all, there could be an emergency where you might be required to halt right away, and it is always good to be able to grind to a halt immediately. But of course, all of these and more are possible only when you have great tyres to go with your vehicle, so you need to check out these tips!
- Check out your current tyres: When it comes to purchasing tyres in Auckland, the first thing that you need to figure out is whether you need new tyres. First, inspect your car tyres, and if you are not sure what you are looking for, you can always drive your vehicle to a garage to get it inspected. For example, if the wheels indicate uneven wear and tear, that could indicate an alignment issue, which would have to be sorted out.
You can get the mechanic to sort out the alignment and even get brand new car tyres. But of course, if it is not the alignment, it could be the suspension – either way, getting your vehicle checked out at the local garage seems to be a good idea. And you can even consult the mechanic to find out how worn out the treads on the wheels are and whether you need new ones.
- Check the owner’s manual: When purchasing new car tyres, most car owners often forget to check their owner’s manual. However, the manual in question contains pertinent information regarding the type and size of car tyres that would go perfectly with your vehicle. And the owner’s manual may even contain recommendations or points that you may want to check out at the local garage.
And if you are looking for the information placard, which contains pertinent information regarding your car, you may want to check out the doors. It should be there, and it is required for all cars to have the placard stuck to the door or the glove compartment. So between the manual and the owner’s placard, you should have all the information you need to get new car tyres.
- Figuring out the code: One of the most frustrating items you are bound to come across when purchasing a new car tyre is the code printed on the sidewall. Of course, it’s not supposed to be this hard to purchase a car tyre but tell that to the manufacturers. Here is an example of sidewall markings – P2 15/ 65R 15 95H M+S
The first letter indicates the type of vehicle that the car tyre is for, and in this case, that happens to be the passenger. In the case of trucks, you would be bound to see the letters “LT” for light trucks. Then you have a three-digit number, the tyre’s width from one end of the sidewall to the other. And then you have the aspect ratio, as in the tyre’s height to its width.
And of course, you would also have the R standing in for radial. Most of the car tyres in the market are radial tires unless you purchase tyres for real, classic cars. The two-digit number following it happens to be the diameter of the wheel that the tyre is supposed to fit. And all of these are followed by an optional three-digit number which stands for its load index number. But do note that some tyres may not contain this information.
And with this information, you should be able to purchase the tyres you need, without much hassle.