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What tires should I buy to ensure safety in my car?

What tires should I buy to ensure safety in my car? The safety of our car is very important. There is no doubt that tires in good condition contribute to ensuring the vehicle’s safety as they provide better grip when braking and in curves. In addition, the elasticity of the tires reduces the possibility of them bursting while driving on a highway. But with so many brands and types of tires, how do you choose the right one for your vehicle?
It’s simple, all the information is on the tire itself that is mounted on your car. If you look closely, the tires have an alphanumeric code that looks like this: 205/55/R16 91V.
The first numbers, in this case, 205 millimeters, indicate the width recommended by the manufacturer for your vehicle’s tire. The 55 is the tire profile, meaning the height of the tire expressed as a percentage. In this example, it would be 55% of the width 205, approximately 112 millimeters in height.
On the other hand, the letter “R” means that the tire is Radial, and 16 is the diameter in inches of the tire’s inner cavity. Apart from Radial, there are also Diagonal tires.
The 91 is the load index, which is related to the weight and tire pressure, and the “V” is the maximum recommended speed. In this case, it is 149 miles per hour. If it had the letter “H” instead of “V,” the maximum recommended speed would be 130 miles per hour.
With all this information, it will be easier for you to know the characteristics that your vehicle’s tires should have. The alphanumeric code with the tire specifications you should use also appears on a label located on the driver’s side door pillar.
Another important piece of information is the manufacturing date. It often happens that many sellers may offer to put all four tires for the price of three. Undoubtedly, it’s a good offer, but it’s most likely that the seller wants to get rid of old tires accumulated in their warehouse. When a tire is too old, it loses its performance, elasticity, and grip. To know if the tires are too old, you just have to look at another alphanumeric code that appears on the tire itself. In this case, it is DOT XXX XXX 2215. In this code, the last four digits are important: 2215.
The first two numbers “22” indicate that the tire was manufactured in the twenty-second week of the year. The “15” tells us that the year of manufacture was 2015. In other words, the tire in question was manufactured from May 25th to May 31st in 2015. It is advisable to buy a tire that is not older than 10 years and not extend the use of a tire beyond five years, even if the vehicle has not been driven.
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