How Do Tires Affect Your Car’s Performance?

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Thursday, 9 June, 2022


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 ourToyota models and their cutting-edge tires.