The four tyre factors that directly impact vehicle’s performance

The four tyre factors that directly impact vehicle’s performance

Jul 24, 2017, 12:14:51 AM Life and Styles

When talking about car performance, engine usually takes place in the limelight. Indeed, knowing all about horsepower and torque the engine gets as well as acceleration is everyone’s favourite part but during the course, we ignore yet another performance contributor; none other than tyres.

Whether it’s an upbeat brand tyre or an old piece, tyres are the only point of contact between the road and vehicle having much influence on overall performance and driving style.

To ensure road safety and smooth ride all the way, understand different tyre factors laying a direct impact on vehicle’s performance. Read on to find out!

1.     Diameter

When shopping for a brand tyre, diameter is something you’d never thought about but it really makes a difference. Diameter of a tyre is engraved on the exterior side in digits from 14 to 22. The larger the diameter, better would be overall driving experience in terms of speed, braking, acceleration, smooth turning and stability. Most people prefer installing bigger and wider tyres for the reason however, it depend on the type of vehicle. Apparently, one wouldn’t just fit a truck wheel on a regular four-wheeler!

2.     Tread depth

Tread depth lays a huge impact on road traction and braking mechanism. The thicker the treads, better is their ability to dispel water, snow, mud, sand, gravel and other road debris thereby ensuring you ride on smoothly. A thicker treads with wide grooves helps you drive safely and smoothly in rough weather and other hazardous conditions relevant to the road.

A car would maintain its grip on the road with thicker treads thus reducing the risk of hydroplaning or the vehicle spinning out of control. Besides, you’ll be at less risk of getting stuck in the mud, snow or slipping down uncontrollably on a snowy slope.

Due to greater traction with thicker treads, it also improves braking mechanism which is crucial when responding to emergency situations and avoiding certain track obstacles. The only pitfall with thicker treads is louder noise during the ride.

A brand tyre usually comes with thicker treads but if you live in a hot and dry climate where rain and snow happens once in a while, thicker treads aren’t a must have though, overall riding experience would be different.

3.     Rigidity

Tyres comes with soft and hard rubber compound. Softer tyres grip the road better thereby giving better traction and braking however, they’d wear down faster and more vulnerable to road incidents such as gravel and potholes.

Although tyres with a harder rubber mightn’t offer better road traction, they do last longer even under tough driving conditions whether you’re accustomed to ride on top speed or skim over rough terrain. Instead of focusing on very hard or extremely soft rubber, better choose something that’s in between both if you ride in normal conditions.

4.     Width

Tyre width must be chosen in comparison to the suspension mechanism. If a vehicle lacks modern suspension system, wider tyres would only increase the risk of accident and make it difficult to handle the vehicle. Always consult a tyre technician when choosing a new pair!


Whenever fitting your car with a brand tyre, do consider the above factors for a better experience all through!

Published by Kash Pals

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