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How To Decide Whether To Go With High Or Low Profile Tires

Aug 18, 2007
Today there are many and many questions about certain types of tire and what kind are the best for your automobile. Most people want there cars to have a nice and elegant sporty look to them and when people think of that, they think of low profile tires. But many people don't know what low profile means and they might not always be the best choice for your car. There are many more things to choosing tires for your car than the looks of the tires.

They might look better than their brother, the high profile tire but are they safer. Low profile tires are wider and lower to the ground than high profile tires. But when your diving down a highway at 75 mph looks don't really matter what matters is how safe and durable your tires are. The only thing that is holding your car on the road are four rubber tires. Having good tires might be a good and safer idea when traveling down the highway at a high rate of speed.

The main thing of your concern when choosing a tire is how much grip it has to automobile and the road . High profile tires have a longer contact path between the road and you car, as with low profile tire they have a shorter contact path between the road and your car. How does this and what does this mean for you and your car you are traveling in.

When choosing which type of tire to choose it is important to think of these things. Your car will drive differently on roads with these types of tires. Automobile that have a wider tire are more concern on force. When higher tires have a disadvantage of not deflecting side loads and the car has worse turning around curves.

The other disadvantage besides concerning force is that rubber takes up most of the space of the diameter of the tire and rim. This means you can have a bigger tire on your automobile. This means a lot for you if you're a driver of the automobile. Bigger tires and wheels mean you need bigger and better breaks. Bigger and better breaks mean better stopping power, which is better and safer for your automobile.

There are disadvantages to having these types of tires and wheels to. If a automobile has a design with a narrow tire, that means the car won't be stable or safe with low profile tires on the car. Wider tires on cars with short sidewalls have a rougher ride on bumps in the road. A rough ride isn't just bad for you and your passengers but is also bad for your car and your tires.

The last thing I have to say is that if you want something to improve your automobiles handling and turning on roads then there is no reason to switch to low profile tiles. Many people now days drive on straight roads and don't need the extra things that low profile tires provide for roads that a very swerve. But if you live some where like Ireland or Europe where there is a lot of turns and twists then low profile tires are might what you want for your automobile.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about tires as well as vintage wheels at http://vintagewheelsplus.com
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