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When to Buy Tires for Taxi

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By Ann Tyller | May 30, 2014 10:16 pm

When to buy tires for taxi

What to watch When to Buy Tires for Taxi

When to buy Tire for taxi – There is no specific requirement for taxi tires by NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and you can always buy a used tire.

Though selecting the right tires for your taxi cab is not specified by TLC but you have to keep in mind that the best tires to New York City are all season tires.

When to buy Tires for taxi

Tire Tread Wear Index, Traction Index, Temperature Index

 

There is no specific requirement for taxi tires by NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and you can always buy a used tire.
Though selecting the right tires for your taxi cab is not specified by TLC but you have to keep in mind that the best tires to New York City are all season tires.

When to buy tires for taxi

What are the most important things to check when you buy them? We are very fortunate, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) requires passenger car tires (except for snow tires) to be specially rated. It is so called UNCODED TIRE INFORMATION.

  • THE TREAD WEAR INDEX is very simple to evaluate and very helpful. The higher the number, the longer it will must last. The tread-wear grade is a relative number based on the rate of wear of a tire during a 7200-mile on-vehicle test compared with so called standard tire. The reference point is 100, so a rating of 300 means the tire should last three times as long as one rated 100. All that means that the same rating with different brands will produce significant difference in longevity of the tire.
  • THE TRACTION INDEX (AA, A, B, or C) expresses the ability to stop on wet pavement. AA, a relatively new designation, is the best. This is UNINFORMATIVE GRADE based on how much grip it generates in a straight-line test in which the tire is dragged at 40 mph across a wet surface to the full stop. The C rating means it meets the minimum federal standard.
  • THE TEMPERATURE INDEX (again, A, B, or C) rates ability to dissipate heat, and make it last longer. The top rating is A and it means the tire can withstand speeds over 115 mph , while C (means between 85 to 100 mph) indicates compliance with the federal minimum requirement.
  • “M+S”. This stands for “mud and snow”

It’s always good to check with fellow taxi drivers what tire brand they are using.

TIRE MAINTENANCE

You can always buy as little as one used tire and mixing old and new ones. But keep in mind, and it doesn’t matter if you have front or rear wheel drive car:

  1. Better mounting the two NEW or USED TIRES on the rear axle to prevent an unstable over steer condition.
  2. When you buy a SINGLE NEW or USED TIRE, it better be paired on the rear axle with the best of your tire since it has the greatest remaining tread depth that is best for traction.
  3. Better have the same tires in front to prevent taxi from skidding.
  4. Do not mix tread patterns off-road and all-season tires.
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