What you put on your wheels really makes a difference. As the only point of contact between you and the road, it is important that your car or four-wheel drive tyres fit perfectly so they are able to work in their optimum condition and last for a long time. Buying cheaper tyres now could mean spending more later because tyres that last longer and help you save fuel allow you to save in the long run.
Tyre grip vs durability
Each tyre varies in tread pattern and rubber mix, and is a compromise between a number of requirements, such as grip and durability. Although soft tyres generally provide better grip, they also leave more rubber on the road, so they will not last as long as a harder model. Some tyres have a US tread wear rating that can give you some idea of how long a tyre should last compared with others used in the same conditions.
Tyre tread wear ratings
The tread wear rating is printed on the tyre’s sidewall. A tyre tread’s wear is measured under controlled conditions involving an 11,500km drive on a specified test course, and compared with a “standard” tyre with a rating of 100. The higher the number, the longer a tyre should last. For example, a rating of 200 means the tyre should last twice as long as the standard model.
Rolling resistance relates to the amount of energy needed to move a vehicle along the road. Theoretically, the lower the rolling resistance, the less fuel required. There’s no single consistent testing method used by manufacturers to measure rolling resistance or to determine how it relates to fuel economy. Some manufacturers claim up to 10% better fuel economy with low rolling resistance tyres under certain driving conditions.
The importance of tyre checks
A tyre blowout at high speed is potentially dangerous and can be avoided with a quick inspection. Tyres are at risk of rupturing due to damage or wear. If you are off-road, make sure you inspect your 4WD tyres daily, paying particular attention to sidewalls and tyre pressure. Check for cracks in wheels.
Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop – the tyre experts
Need new tyres for your car or 4WD? Our Wacol workshop at Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop is home to a huge variety of tyre options, suitable for many makes and models.
Some of the leading tyre brands we sell include:
Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop – experience counts
With more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, the technicians Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop are here to assist with all your mechanical needs. Not only do we provide servicing and repairs, but we also stock a vast range of parts and products, including tyres, mag wheels, rims and more. Located in Wacol, our state-of-the-art workshop welcomes vehicles of all makes and models.