to maintain your car tyres
are responsible for the safety of your vehicle. They also add to
the look of your car. There are different kinds of tyres available
in the market, for example radial and cross plies. The difference
in the two types of tyres lies in their alignment, which results
in different tread patterns. It is these tread patterns which determine
the performance and quality of the tyre. It provides road grip,
cools the tyres, prevents pebbles, nails etc. from getting into
the tyres, and in wet conditions acts as a duct for the water to
be squeezed out.
are recommended for high performance. They provide traction and
with it better control. They are the obvious choice in wet conditions.
Radials at times increases fuel consumption. Cross plies are cheaper
than radials and do not need special attention. They are mainly
for smaller cars. Another variety of tyres which has recently arrived
in India are tubeless tyres. They do not require tubes , and the
air could be pumped directly into the tyres. Since they are a new
arrival in the market, the outer city 'puncturewallahs' are as yet
not skilled enough to fix the punctures in tubeless tyres.
to Anmol Singh, Anmol Tyres, Mumbai, "Generally for
Indian roads and especially Mumbai's roads, we recommend radial
tyres. Cars wearing radials would make your journey more comfortable.
The nylon tyres or what we call the cross plies tyres wear out easily.
Except for a couple of small cars like, Maruti 800 and Fiat, all
the other cars no matter how big or small, ride on radial tyres.
The structure and the fibre of the radial tyres last long and makes
driving more pleasant."
How to maintain your tyres
Check the air pressure once a week, as low air pressure leads to
more fuel consumption, wear and tear and suspension problems.
* It is also equally important to maintain correct air pressure,
which can be done at the petrol pumps. But it is also advised that
you carry your own gauge.
* Alignment of the tyres should be checked regularly.
* Rotating of the tyres every 10,000 kms, as stated in the owner's
manual, done on a regular basis, increases the life of the tyres.
* Air should never be filled when the tyres are hot. Hot air expands
which in turn could give a wrong reading.
* Do not brake or accelerate hard every now and then as it leads
to wear and tear of rubber in the tyres.
By : Sharmistha Chakraborty