It is easy to buy a tire, but it can be a challenging finding the right one. If you do not intend to stick with the original tires that came with your car, it is essential that you start searching early. The right Volvo tire can journey along with you through long and difficult roads, but the wrong ones can jeopardize your safety especially in wet weather. There are a few factors that you should consider when deciding on the best tire fit for your Volvo.
Original Equipment V.S New Tires
If you enjoy driving the car and its ride and handling, you may want to consider buying the same tires as the ones that came on the car. This is the most straightforward option as the tires were designed for your vehicle, you can be assured it is a good fit. However, if you prefer to change the driving characteristics of your ride, you will need to do more research on what is best for your driving style and if it will be a right fit for your vehicle.
The biggest mistake of replacing a tire is not using the correct size, you can find out easily by locating the placard that is located on the driver’s side door or the user manual that comes along when you purchase the car. An example of how the tire sizing looks will be: 255/40R19 100W. This string of numbers denotes that tire width, diameter, load index and maximum speed in relation to the load index. Understanding Volvo’s tire will help you to choose a better fit for the next tire.
Type Of Tires
There are several kinds of tires that are catered for different driving conditions. A few common tire types include the all-season tires, winter and summer tires.
All-season tires are the more popular choice as the name indicates, it can be used all year around. It can be the easiest choice as you save the hassle of changing the tires when the season changes. All-season tires has a good balance of traction and grip on ice and a good compromise on both wet and dry grip.
Winter tires are made of pliable rubber compound that has the best performance in cold weather. They come with deeper treads to break ice and bite into snow, providing you with a safer driving experience during icy weather.
Summer tires on the other hand provides excellent grip on dry roads during the warm weather and at high speeds. This is commonly used in sports car for enhanced performance driving.
When To Change Your Tires
Do not wait till the very last minute or when your tire is fully worn-out before you decide to look into getting replacements. This can be dangerous as worn-out tires can pose as a hazard when you drive on the roads. Many accidents occur due to skids or drivers unable to control the car when the tire punctures or bursts.