Whether you spend a little or a lot of time in your car, tires are the biggest part of the car because they are the most important safety feature of your car. Some people replace the previous tires with new ones while some with the used tires to save some dollars. Whatever tires you use, new or old, just keep one thing in mind, it is important to change them after their age limit just to take care of your car. By ignoring this god forbid as a result you will face a major breakdown, you must have to maintain them properly. In this blog we mention some facts about tires, we are damn sure you never knew these before, so give them a read to increase your knowledge. Let’s get started:
Early Tires Were White
Did you know the color of the tires? You definitely say black, but the natural color of the tires is white. Yes, you read right, believe it or not, the rubber is white in color and the first tires were originally white. Then later, during the manufacturing of the tires, a carbon black was added to the rubber, just to increase the tensile strength and durability of the tires.
Used Tires Produce A Lot Of Waste
Approximately more than 250 million used tires are discarded every year. To get a solution to this problem, recycling programs were started that will melt the tire down to be used in asphalt. Sometimes shredded to use in garden mulch and new tires are made from old ones. Not only this, there are multiple other ways to use the old tires like making them into planters, swings, dog beds, and other playground equipment.
Modern Tires Contains More Than 200 Materials
Kevlar, nylon, rubber, and steel are the common materials used in the manufacturing of tires with lots of other materials. Metals like cobalt and titanium are used as well to help the compound bond to the steel belts. To help enhance performance, silica, and saline are used with citrus oil and other green materials.
The Word “Tyre” And “Tire”
Both the terms “tire” and “tire” are often used interchangeably, mostly their use depends on the geographical location. The logic behind the derivation of the word is, however, it comes from the word “attire” which resembles clothes or in our case, similarly tires are clothes for the wheel.
Most people tell the age of the tire just by looking at the tire. Well, according to the research never used tires that are more than six years old. Have you ever looked at G in the illustration and thought about what is denoted? This is called the DOT code, which means the date of manufacture is stamped into this code. This code is three or four digits long, like before the year 2000, three-digit codes were manufactured. Let us make it more clear with an example if a tire shows 178 means it was made in the 17th week of 1988. In case you find a small triangle next to it, it will mean it was made in the 90s. But, after 2000, the code was switched to a four-number code; if you see 3003, it means it was made in the 30th week of 2003.
There are several ways for wheels to lose their alignment, like hitting potholes, curbs, or experiencing simple wear and tear. If you feel like the steering wheel is pulling while you are driving, it means the alignment is off. To confirm it, lightly hold the steering if the car starts pulling either left or right, you will need to get your alignment done as soon as possible. After every 50 000 km, try and have your alignment checked. At the same time, you can have your wheels balanced and rotated.
Under/ Over Inflating
Under as well as over-inflating tires can be somewhat detrimental to them. They could only last half the lifetime or will wear out prematurely. Due to the change in grip, it can also cause a loss of traction, as a result, can create a more uncomfortable ride. Similarly, underinflation can be as dangerous too. If the tire is underinflated, it creates more friction because more of it touches the road. This increase in friction can lead to tire overheating and cause premature wear, tread separation, and blowouts.
Run-flat Tires Can Drive For A Time Without Air
After losing tire pressure, run-flat tires will go around another 100 miles. At 50mph they are designed to go around 50 miles when driving, but you can get many more miles out of them if you drive at slower speeds. According to the research BMW uses the most run-flat tires.
Winter Tires Aren’t Just Better In Snow, They’re Better When It’s Cold
Many people call that they are not snow tires, but it’s not true because they are winter tires; they’re not just for snow. Winter tires have softer tread compounds instead of a piece of hard plastic; they are designed to remain more flexible during colder temperatures so that the tire can still conform to the road surface. To move water and slush out from underneath the tire, you’ll find more siping at the tread pattern of winter tires.
Set Of Winter Tires Will Last 3-4 Seasons
When it’s time to buy a set of winter tires people mostly seem to think that buying a set will bankrupt them. Not only this but even once we heard “How much will that cost per year?” It won’t cost that much if you spend a couple of hundred bucks to massively increase your safety during the most dangerous time of year to drive means snowfall or winter.
Usually, a set of winter tires on average lasts three to four seasons but also depends on how many miles the consumer drives and how heavy his right foot is.