What do you think the most important part of your car is? The steering wheel, the breaks, the seatbelt? Well, you'd be wrong as the most important part of any car is definitely the tyres.
Think about it, tyres are the only thing in your vehicle that actually touch the floor. This means that they are in control of your steering, breaking, acceleration and absorbing all the bumps that the road may throw at you.
When you look at it this way, it becomes obvious that having good quality tyres is essential to your driving experience. There are many different types of tyres available on the market and not all of them provide the same levels of performance. Certain tyres provide much better traction in wet weather or snow, while others provide smoother rolling at high speeds for better fuel consumption and reduced noise.
It is important that you pick tyres that are well suited for the conditions that you most regularly drive in. Many people tend to choose budget tyres for the cost saving factor, however this can be false economy, as cheap tyres tend to go bald quicker, can increase fuel consumption and may not grip the road as well.
Not all tyres are created equal, so it pays to make sure that the tyres you are looking to buy match your requirements. If you do a lot of motorway driving then you will want tyres that handle much better at higher speeds, while countryside drivers may look for tyres that can easily handle a range of terrain. You are also able to purchase tyres made from a tougher compound making them much longer lasting and with better grip than budget tyres.
Regardless of what tyres you end up buying, there are several checks that will need to be regularly carried out to prevent damage or excessive wear. At least once a month you should carry out checks including:
  • Tyre pressure • Bulges  or  cracks  in  the  tyre
  • Tread depth – the legal minimum is 1.6mm • Uneven wear
You can adjust the tyre pressure yourself at home or any petrol station, but if you notice any of these other issues then you will need to replace your tyres straight away.
Nitrogen Inflator
If you are one of the 85% of Indians who don't regularly check tire pressure, you need nitrogen.
We take in nitrogen with every breath. Air is composed of:
  • 1% Water Vapor and Other Gases – Escapes up to 250 times faster than Nitrogen
  • 21% Oxygen – Escapes 3-4 times faster than Nitrogen
  • 78% Nitrogen – The largest molecule in air, dry, non-flammable.
Because of their large size, nitrogen molecules are the least permeable and stay in your tire longer.
It's not about the nitrogen. It's about reducing oxygen, water vapor and other gases.
By reducing the percentage of oxygen, water vapor and other gases in your tires from 22% to 7% or lower, your tires will maintain proper pressure longer than if you use “plain old air.” For example, with 95% nitrogen in your tires, they retain optimal pressure three to four times longer.
Proper tire pressure is a big deal. Maintain it with nitrogen, and you'll see these three primary benefits
  • Increased Fuel Efficiency – Correct tire pressure keeps the manufacturer's recommended “contact patch” on the road. This lessens the rolling resistance and maximizes fuel efficiency.
  • Longer Tire Life – When it comes in contact with other materials, oxygen causes oxidation. Oxidation can make rubber brittle and cause it to lose tensile strength. In addition, at high temperatures and pressures, oxygen reacts and damages inner tire liners and belt packages; nitrogen does not.
  • Increased Safety – Under-inflated tires cause 90% of blowouts. Nitrogen provides more reliable pressure for reduced blowout potential.
    Other benefits:
  • Improved TPMS Performance – If you have a new car, you likely are plagued by a flashing light telling you your tire pressure is low. For example, one woman's light was going off every four to five weeks. After inflating with nitrogen, her light didn't reappear for 53 weeks!
  • More Predictable Pressure Fluctuation – NASCAR teams use nitrogen so they can more accurately predict tire pressure fluctuation. Regular compressed air can fluctuate considerably when water vapor is present.
  • Longer Rim Life – Rim rust caused by condensation from water vapor and other gases can get caught in valves and create slow leaks in tires. Nitrogen is completely dry, so it eliminates the potential for condensation.

Wheel alignment and tyre balancing are one of the most common auto repair services offered by technicians. One of the reasons for this is that it is a vital part of maintainingyour vehicle and the importance of wheel alignment and tyre balancing in relation to the life of the tyres on your vehicle cannot be underestimated.
Whether your wheels have been aligned correctly and your tyres are correctly, directly impacts on how often you will have to change the tyres on your vehicle.
As all motorists are aware, purchasing a quality set of tyres can be of a relatively high cost so it is beneficial to take every measure possible to ensure that a set of tyres last as long as possible. This means it is important that when you purchase a new set of tyres and fit them to your vehicle, you ask a mechanic to perform a wheel alignment to ensure that excessive tyre wear does not occur. This will ensure that your tyres will not wear out quickly and will save you having to change your tyres regularly.
Some motorists do not understand the importance of wheel alignment and tyre balancing and how this can affect tyre life, as well as possibly having an effect on other mechanical factors. So FMP Motors have provided you with the information on why regularly carrying out wheel alignment and tyre balancing can save motorists spending money on new tyres regularly.
The Importance of Wheel Alignment:
It is very important that motorists get their wheels aligned to maximise the lives of their tyres as much as possible. Tyres that have not been aligned properly are more prone to excessive tyre wearand will result in you having to change your tyres a lot more regularly, resulting in you having to pay out costs that are unnecessary. Motorists will be able to tell if their wheels have not been aligned correctly when the vehicle will not move straight when the steering wheel is not being held. If this occurs, you should find a mechanic that can align your wheels as it could lead to some problems with your vehicle such as problems with your suspension and vibrations when you are driving.
When your tyres are not aligned, it can also put your safety at risk. Improper alignment of the vehicle's wheels will also result in poor cornering and handing of your vehicle and this will make it less safe for the driver and its passengers, especially in icy and wet conditions. Also, drivers will have to make more of an effort driving the vehicle when the tyres are not aligned as the vehicle will tend to steer to one side which will mean that the driver will have to constantly correct it when driving. This means it requires an increase in concentration and effort at all times in order to drive safely and especially with long journeys, can result in the driver becoming tired quicker and become unsafe for everyone.
You will need tyre balancing as soon as you purchase new tyres for your vehicle. This process is performed in order to ensure that all of the tyres are balanced with the wheelweights to ensure the smooth running of each of the tyres. When there is an imbalance in your tyres, the steering wheel will rock back and forth as you drive, especially when you drive at a certain speed. When you notice this happening, you should contact a mechanic to fix the problem straight away as it can be very dangerous to drive with imbalanced tyres.
You will be able to tell that your tyres are not balanced when certain tyres are wearing at a faster rate than others. This means that your tyres are imbalanced and you will need to correct this as soon as possible. It is importance that all of your tyres are balanced as when they are not, you will start to feel vibrations when travelling at certain speeds and this is very dangerous for the driver and its passengers. These vibrations also result in stress being created in the lower ball joints, axles and other essential parts of the vehicle. This increased stress on these parts will lead to them wearing at a faster rate and will mean you will have to replace these parts a lot sooner than you would have had to with balanced tyres.
Unbalanced tyres will also result in an increase in the tyre wear. This is because to compensate for the added stress on the tyres that the imbalance has created, the tyres start to wear from theedges, whereas with balanced tyres, they will wear from the middle. When this occurs, it will mean that you will have to change your tyres as they will no longer provide you with the necessary grip to drive safely.
So when you notice that either your wheels are not aligned correctly or an imbalance with your tyres, ensure that you find a mechanic that you can trust to address the issue as it will result in an increase in excessive tyre wear and more importantly but yours and others safety at risk.