Maintaining Your Tyres and Wheels

What to Remember If You Want to Fit Performance Tyres to Your Car

Are you someone who is glued to the television set whenever a Formula One race is scheduled? If you're a motorsport enthusiast, then you may like to drive in spirited fashion and want to make sure that your vehicle is capable of helping you do so. Therefore, you may be thinking about changing the wheels and tyres on your trusty ride, so that they are more in tune with your specific driving style. What do you need to think about as you look around?

Freedom to Choose

Firstly, the Australian motorist has a significant advantage compared to those who live in the cooler environments "up north." Many of your American or European friends have to get different tyres for different seasons, which can often restrict their choice when it comes to performance tyres.

Making the Right Choice

When you're getting ready to choose, you have to determine exactly what you want out of your tyres. If you're under a budget as well (as most people are), then you may have to get a sports tyre which is in the premium range, so that it can cope with additional driver demands. You may be somebody who likes to accelerate through a corner, rather than just coasting and this tyre will help you achieve that, while lasting longer than a more conventional cover under this type of strain.

You need to avoid tyres that are stamped as "longer life" if you really expect more performance, as these products are simply not designed for heavy cornering. They won't "roll" into the corner quite as readily and as such won't present you with as much grip.

Other Elements to Remember

You may have read in some motoring magazines that if you adjust the width and height of the tyre on your car, it will give you enhanced performance. Certainly, it is possible to adjust the profile of your tyre in relation to the size of the road wheel, but remember that it can have an impact on your car's odometer and speedometer. Essentially, the car will not cover the same distance as it would if it were fitted with the original tyre and you might have to get everything recalibrated to be sure. You should also check with your insurance company to see that they are happy with this type of modification.

Ongoing Maintenance

It's important to look after any tyres if you want to get the full value out of your purchase and ensure that you are as safe as possible. This is especially the case when it comes to any performance tyres, where you need to make sure the steering geometry is aligned and the covers are properly balanced at all times. This will help to avoid excessive wear and tear, as well.

Chat with your tyre supplier to make sure that you're getting the right covers for your needs.