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Summer driving is usually the best conditions for drivers and an enjoyable driving experience. Driving should always be safe, but once that aspect has been taken care of, it should be an enjoyable experience to cruise down highways or winding roads. For this you will need a good car combined with a set of good summer tyres. The car will give you the driving performance in terms of performance and driving ability, while the tyres ensures that the car will stick on the road, without skidding around when you take sharp corners and that you can make the car stop quickly to keep you safe.
If you end up with a high performance car without matching it with high performance tyres, you will not be able to drive as fast as you want, as you will exceed the tyres speed rating. You will also not be able to make the car perform on the roads as was intended when the designers built the car. So don’t skimp on the quality of your tyres, when you have invested a lot of money into a car. The tyres provide a big part of the car’s safety, so you will jeopardize your own safety by a poor selection or not changing your tyres in time as they wear out.
Checking your tyres on a regular basis should be part of your overall car and safety maintenance. You will need to check the tyre pressure at least once a month. If you have too low pressure in your tyres, you will increase the rolling resistance. The increased rolling resistance will increase your fuel consumption, and you will spend more money as you drive.You will also emit more CO2 to the surroundings, and your car will be less environmentally friendly. The higher rolling resistance will also cause heat build up and will increase the tyre wear. This will lead to more frequent tyre purchases. Too high tyre pressure will lead to worse tyre performance, as they will have reduced contact area and they will wear out the center tread faster than the sides.
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In addition to the importance of the checking the tyre pressure, you will also need to check the tread depth, both to check that the tread wear is even along the tyre and between the tyres. To even out differences between the tyres, you will need to rotate the tyres, for uneven wear within the tyre; you will need to visit a tyre service station. With this type of proper maintenance of the tyres, you will make sure that your tyres will be in good condition. So it is not only about purchasing a set of high quality tyres, it is also important how you maintain them and keep them in good condition for their expected lifetime. You will also be able to save money if you maintain them properly.