Budget and Premium Tyres

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As with any other commodity, there is a wide variety of tyres available in the market. Which one should you get for your vehicle, though? Does a more expensive tyre mean better performance? Most importantly, what is the point at which an expensive tyre becomes an overkill for your vehicle?

As a rule of thumb, manufacturers will fit your car with tyres that are economically feasible for them. This means that they will have the lowest cost, with minimal requirements when it comes to grip – but they will ensure that the tyres have long life, because that is what the general public wants. This rule doesn’t apply to premium cars, which have more specific requirements and whose target customers are more willing to shell out money for more benefits.

The low grip helps with better fuel economy figures. The regular driver isn’t bothered with how much grip his car generates, because he isn’t going to see how fast he can go around a corner with his car. Therefore, he can live with low grip because nine times out of ten, he’s not going to explore the limits of grip with his car. Since most of you reading this will have a budget car (relatively speaking) you can explore options that will help increase fuel economy while still bringing down braking distances.

Of course, everything comes at a price, so be prepared to shell out a premium for tyres that do all these things, or are imported. If you own an MUV and especially if that MUV is used for commercial applications, you will certainly want the car’s tyres to last a long time without compromising on fuel efficiency, but grip levels will not be high on your list of priorities. In this case, the factory-fitted tyres will probably serve you best, because those are the requirements for the overwhelming majority of MUV owners.

If you have a premium car, you will want to pay careful attention to the tyres you have on your car, because if they are inferior, you will have a safety problem; one that will rear its head only at high speed. Take careful note of the speed and load ratings on the tyres that were original fitment, and fit tyres that meet or exceed those ratings. If you find it exceedingly difficult to wrap your head around this, a good way of making sure you get the right tyres is to look at what is fitted on the new model, or the competition. If you’re still not sure, look at what is fitted on cars a class higher – though that might be overkill for your car.

A good rule of thumb to have is to follow the policy of going “one step up”. See what the logical upgrade is for your vehicle, and opt for those tyres. This will ensure that you don’t lose out on acceleration and fuel efficiency while increasing safety via shorter braking distance and increased cornering grip. Of course, whether you upsize the tyre is up to you, since that will void the manufacturer’s warranty, but the compound is what matters more.

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The Ideal Driving Distance

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How often do you want to get close to the car ahead? Close enough to be able to see what’s on the parcel tray? If the answer is always, often or even once in a while, you’re in danger of running into the back of the car in front. You are in serious need of reviewing how you drive rather than blame the driver in front for stopping suddenly in case you do run into his back, which you will sooner or later.

You see, no matter how good the brakes are, in most cars you must fi rst apply them to get the car to stop. This means braking is heavily dependent on your reaction time, and the average human reaction time is about 1.5 seconds, which is plenty of time for a crash to happen. So the simple rule of thumb is the closer you are to the car ahead the less your reaction time needs to be. Now, think again, are your reactions fast enough for you to apply the brakes and get the car to stop before you run into the back of the car whose parcel tray you can see? Unlikely.

At the same time it isn’t practical to suggest that you keep as large a gap as possible with the car in front. But, as with all things, there’s a solution. Drive at such a distance where you’re not getting left behind but you can still stop well in time in an emergency. How do you do that? Here’s how.

Follow the three-second rule. It’s a simple rule really. It simply means that your car should pass a point at least three seconds after the car ahead has crossed the same point.

First, identify a fixed point along the road, like a lamp post. Let the car ahead pass this point (in this case the lamp post). Now you ensure that you’re able to count slowly from 1 to 3 before your car crosses the same lamp post. Now, maintain this gap.

A three second gap between your car and the one in front will give you enough time to react to any emergency manoeuvres that the driver in front might need to make. At the same time you won’t be left behind.

But remember that stopping distances also depend on factors like the surface condition. So, if it’s raining and the sufrace is wet, or there’s an oil spill on the road for instance, the time required to stop increases and with it the 3 second rule.

The distances shown are a general guide and could vary depending upon your thinking distance, road surface, weather conditions and also the condition of your car

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How to improve the life of car tyres?

Navnit MarutiAll car tyres are rated for certain kilometre range. However, they can wear prematurely too depending on lot of variable factors and you may need to change them before time, therefore causing extra expenditure. To ensure that you get the best out of your tyres, there are things that you can do to extend their life.

Tyre pressure

The correct tyre pressure, as suggested by the manufacturer can be found in the user manual of the car or around the driver’s door frame. The correct tyre pressure not only ensures proper grip and handling, it provides better fuel efficiency and prevents excessive tyre wear. Over inflated tyre reduces contact patch and under inflated tyre through increased flexing cause excessive tyre wear. Tyre pressure should be checked every week and maintained as recommended by the manufacturer.

Speed

As the speed of car increases, the temperature of the air inside the tyre and the tyres themselves also increases due to friction, this increases the wear. Filling tyres with normal pressurised air causes more pressure variation over time, due to the presence of moisture. Filling tyres with an inert gas like Nitrogen might help and would help pressure variation with speed and also reduce the chances of corrosion.

Load

The contact patch area increases in direct proportion to the load and excessive load on tyres increases wear. But the contact patch area also varies inversely with inflation pressure. However, you should avoid overloading the car, but since you can not accurately measure the load of passengers that you are carrying, it is okay to overinflate the tyre by just 1-2 PSI (but not more) if you think the load exceeds the rated gross weight of the car.

Alignment & Wheel rotation

Front tyres will wear more in comparison to the rear tyres due to the presence of steering forces. Most manufacturers advise that the alignment (including camber, cater and toe adjustment) of the wheels should be done every 10,000 kilometres. Along with the alignment, you should get the wheel rotation done to avoid uneven wear of the tyres.

Wheel balancing

If the tyres are not balanced, it would show up at the steering wheel in the form of shimmy. Not only tyres unbalanced wheels can cause great damage to suspension and steering components. Although shimmy can also be due to uneven wear of the tyre and other conditions. Get the wheels balanced every time you get a new tyre or when you get the alignment done, this would maximize the tyre life.

Driving style

Driving style can affect the life of tyres to a great extent. Hard acceleration that causes wheel-spin as well as aggressive braking and cornering can cause tyres to wear out quickly. What goes without saying is that you should absolutely refrain from drifting which would wear the tyre prematurely.

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Car Buying Guide: How to finalise your car budget

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Buying a new car is pretty easy these days, but that’s almost the final step in the process. What precede it are things like deciding the variant, the colour, the engine, the trim level, and more importantly, your budget. With the latest Car Buying guide, we try to make deciding your budget easier, by breaking the process in simple steps.

In case you experience any of the symptoms while driving, it’s important that you park the car immediately along the closest kerb and do an inspection. This would prevent damage to the tyre and wheel. A visual check and comparison would surely reveal if a tyre is flat or not.

BUYING PRICE

Most other expenses (be it the premium one might pay buying a diesel engined vehicle or the increased costs incurred running the car on petrol) are infinitesimal in comparison to the buying costs of a car. Along with finalising the kind (Body Style) of the vehicle, your budget needs to be determined first.

With that decided, it becomes easier to narrow down the cars that fit your criterion (budget here). It’s always nice to keep the budget a little flexible: by doing so not only could you get a wider gamut of cars to choose from, but also ensure that you get more bang for your buck.

FUEL TYPE – Petrol, Diesel, Electric, CNG or LPG

The decreasing difference in fuel prices has certainly made the case for buying diesel powered vehicles somewhat weaker. While diesel engines offer considerably larger amounts of torque, better fuel economy, and better range than their petrol counterparts, it all boils down to your use which fuel type suits your pocket.

What needs to be kept in mind is that the buying cost for diesel vehicles is generally higher than the petrol variants. Alternatives like LPG and CNG are also available on select models, again at a slight premium over the petrol versions they are based on, but fuel availability is still a concern.

But if your commutes are limited to within city limits, then you could also consider getting yourself an electric powered vehicle. Their infiltration in the market might not be as rapid and successful as that of other fuels, but the ridiculously low costs of running make electric vehicles worth a try. What mars them (electric cars in general) is the limited choice, low range, high buying price, and lack of an infrastructure that favours public and emergency charging.

BRAND VALUE

As of today, Gold is listed at INR 2661 per gram, while Silver costs INR 36 per gram. Both of these are noble metals, and as can be seen gold has a much higher value than silver. Same is the case with brand value.

And it’s not a superficial thing, either. Companies work hard, offer great products and services to their customers, and all that combined eventually determines how much the customer value the brand. Higher the better, of course.

Products with higher brand value command a higher price, and can also fetch a better resale value, too.

RESALE VALUE/ DEPRICIATION

Talking of which, if you have a habit of switching cars every few years, then keeping the resale value in mind is vital, too. This is a very market dependent thing, and more often than not, brand value determines the ability of a vehicle to retain its value. With that said, there are certain cars which fared nice in road tests, reviews, and as products on the whole, failed to offer great resale value.

SERVICING, WARRANTY AND SPARE PARTS PRICES

Running and maintaining a car is part and parcel of its ownership. Servicing costs, number of free services, and availability of service centres all rank high in priority. Higher the servicing costs, the more expensive maintaining the vehicle is going to be. Like servicing, costs and availability of spare parts is another concern. Some premium carmakers have spare part prices set notoriously high, which often ends up in affecting the service/repair bills.

With the option of choosing extended warranty (offered by most manufacturers), the servicing and spare part costs can be reduced to an extent, especially in case of a faulty part.

These may not upset your daily expense, but remember getting your vehicle serviced regularly is essential. And the increased price (spares/service etc.) can add to the monthly/quarterly expense.

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