The tires are one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated parts of a vehicle. Although it is assumed by many simply as a cushion to keep your wheel rims get damaged, in fact, your tires are only one point of contact between high-speed movement of the vehicle and the road. Consequently, the amount of control you have over your car depends largely on the tires. This article will explain what the tires for your car, the consequences of poor maintenance of their tires, and what you can do to ensure that their attempts are reliable and safe.
Every aspect of the tire has been carefully designed to provide the greatest amount of control over his car. The type of tire rubber has been carefully chosen to be soft enough to provide good grip on the road, but strong enough not to wear down too quickly. As the rubber tire rolls on the pavement, which transmits the force between the tire and the road through friction to generate traction. This is possible due to friction, which can be described as the adhesion between two surfaces. The friction is what allows the drive (the capacity of adhesion between tire and road), allowing you to accelerate, brake and steer the vehicle, thus maintaining control of his car.
Therefore, it is in your best interest to keep the area of contact between the tire and the pavement as wide as possible. Here, the tire pressure is important. Over-inflate a tire can make it up too high from the ground, so only the center of the tire is in contact with the road. This causes less traction (and therefore less control over a moving vehicle), and uneven wear in the center of the tread. Under-inflated tires allow the tires to ride low, causing excessive wear on the outside rib tread, and increasing the chance of a blowout. To maintain proper tire pressure, check your owner’s manual for your car (or find the types of tires on the Internet) to find the correct tire pressure. Check tire pressure frequently (once a week or so) to ensure that maintaining the correct pressure.
Uneven wear on your tire treads can also slowly reduce the surface contact with the pavement over time. Unfortunately, even the position of the four tires on the car and cause uneven wear over time. To avoid this, rotate the tires to different positions around the car wheels periodically (in the U.S., every 10,000 miles or less). Not only is safer, your tires will last longer and save money over time.
Keep tires properly balanced is also important. The wheels must be perfectly perpendicular to the road to offer the largest surface area of contact with the pavement, and therefore the best traction and control of his car. If the wheels are at an angle, although it is very mild, decreases the area of contact with the pavement, reduction and traction control and boxes uneven tire wear, increasing the chance of a blowout. A good way to maintain the proper balance is to have the balance checked whenever you have your tires rotated.
When the tread wears down, many bad things can happen. First, it generates less friction between tire and road, providing less grip on the pavement and control much less in a moving vehicle.
Secondly, the tires are home made, when the tires roll through standing water or heavy rains, to channel water up and away from the road and provide a dry surface of the tires to grip the road. When the tire tread wear, these water channels are reduced, creating a smaller channel to lift and push the water away from the curb. This increases the chances of losing control of his vehicle when driving through water or heavy rain, especially at high speeds.
Finally, the older and more worn tires, the greater the likelihood that one of them is going to explode, while the car is moving. Although only a nuisance at low speeds, the danger caused by a blowout increases dramatically at higher speeds, at highway speeds and can be lethal. In extreme cases, the tread may separate from the tire wall and wrapped around the axle, causing you to lose all steering control, colliding with another vehicle, go off the road, or even turn around.
The proper tire maintenance is a very broad topic and this short article has provided only the basics of maintenance and security. If you think you have any questions about whether or not you need to have your tires rotated or replaced, take your car to an auto mechanic or garage.