The primary question that most auto enthusiasts are busy answering is: “Is it better to burn a hole in your pocket and install a new tyre every time the old one wears out or should you choose cheap tyres and replace them at short intervals?” There have been numerous discussions and debate over this issue with no final results yet, although, a few points have been highlighted so far! The objective of this article is to guide you through some of these points, and help you understand the importance of rubber.
I know quite a few people who prefer using discount tyres and run them for 50,000 to 60,000 Kms, before installing the next set. However, do you feel you’re compromising on safety by doing this? If yes, you must remember that life cannot be measured in terms of currency. I can state from personal that 9 out of 10 times, the cheap tyres perform just as well as the expensive ones in normal, dry conditions.
However, some companies go out of their way to announce that their ‘state-of-the-art tread design’ or ‘superior grip’ outperforms other brands in wet surfaces too. In reality, a foot deep puddle will easily defy all laws of gravity and science, sending your vehicle hydroplaning over a distance. Hence, this is where cheap tyres perform just as well as their expensive counterparts. Even your SUV, running on cheap 4×4 tyres, will feature no major performance differences than the one running an expensive set of shoes!
The next question that you need to ask yourself is “Are cheap tyres more likely to blow?” This question is difficult to answer as the circumstances might be very different. For example, a flat tyre is more likely to blow, but that would be the owner’s fault. Road hazards are also equally responsible for blown up tyres. In fact, 9 out of 10 times, road hazards are responsible for blown up tyres, irrespective of its quality.
The price point of tyres plays a major role in generating sales. Would you rather spend a fortune on a reputed brand that promises 60,000 KMs or would you prefer spending a smaller share of your fortune on cheap tyres that run a little less. The choice is entirely yours, although, the price is not the sole criterion. You need to keep performance in mind too, along with the tyre’s lifespan.
The final question that you need to answer is, do you want to drive the vehicle long enough to look for a replacement tyre? Most people that I have come across tend to upgrade their vehicle every few years. Hence, they don’t need to look for replacement rubber.