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Q. Is it important to keep a portable tyre pump in a long journey?A. In a long journey to an isolated place where it is hard to find petrol pumps, it is important to keep a portable tyre pump for emergency situations. Maintaining tyre pressure is important for a safe drive and portable tyre pumps is the best option. Not just on long journeys, a portable tyre pump is a good option to use on regular basis rather than going to the petrol pump every time.

Q. Are winter tyres necessary even though the car is not being driven on very deep snow?

A. The truth is that winter tyres are not just meant for snow. They are meant for every type of road condition below 7 degrees. During winters, the road becomes wet and slippery. Most of the road accidents happen in icy surface which happens even if there is no snow. These tyres give good traction and grip on such road conditions. Therefore, winter tyres are meant for winters and not just snow.

Q. What is the difference between symmetrical and asymmetrical tread?

A. Symmetrical tread have similar tread patterns and continuous grooves that are present all around the tyre. This is most widely used from of tread pattern, commonly found in low and medium performance passenger cars. As the pattern is symmetrical in both halves of the tyres, unlike directional these can be fitted in either ways. Asymmetrical tread is a mix of different tread patterns which helps to provide maximum grip on wet as well as dry surface. In this the inner and outer parts of tyres have specific tread patterns and are designed differently. Inner and middle layer is well suited to provide firm grip on wet surface while the outer layer has broad grooves which enhances its cornering ability at high speed. These tread patterns are commonly used in sports car.

Q. Can I use all-season tyres rather than winter tyres in winters?

A. Although all season tyres are designed to work all year long and do not impose danger if used in alternate weather conditions, these tyres are best suited for moderate temperatures and can bear little heat as well as little cold but they should not be used during extreme dry, wet or cold conditions. Therefore, one should use these tyres in moderate temperatures as they are not ideal for all situations.

Q. What is the best tyre type for rainy season?

A. For wet surface during rainy season, the tyre should have a good grip over the surface. It is important to choose tyres that provide maximum traction and grip on the road. Check the treat depth rubber compound while buying the tyres for wet roads. Also, it is also important to check the tread wear, rotation and tyre pressure from time to time.

Q. Do tyres expire?

A. Yes tyres do expire. Most people are unaware of this fact and use their tyres beyond the limit. It is very dangerous to use your tyres after their expiration date. One should change their tyres after a period of six years. Many automobile companies are also taking initiative to spread awareness to the consumers. It is important for everyone to check their tyres regularly and change them when the time comes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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