As a car owner, you get a lot of recommendations from your mechanic when you take your car in for servicing or repairs. One of the most common recommendations is to change your tyres from tube tyres to tubeless ones.
The structural difference between the two types of tyres is rather simple. Tube tyres have a tube inside the tyre with a valve through which air is pumped into the tube. Tubeless tyres do not have this tube of air. Instead, the inner wall of the tyre has a butyl lining that retains air. This singular structural difference is what gives tubeless tyres such an advantage over tube tyres.
Advantages of having tubeless car tyres
A tube-type tyre has several parts. You have the tyre, tube, flap, wheel and lock ring to make up a complete car tyre. However, since there is no tube in a tubeless tyre, all you need is the wheel and the tyre which is already filled with air, making tubeless tyres much lighter than tube-type tyres, thereby reducing the un-sprung weight of your car.
This means better handling of your car and an overall better driving experience than you would have had with tube-type tyres. The lighter tubeless tyres also mean that you will have better fuel efficiency while driving your car. Further, the multiple parts of the tube-type tyre mean that there will be more friction and vibration when driving, and more heat generated as well. This is not the case with tubeless tyres which has two parts meaning no friction or vibration, and since the air is in direct contact with the wheel, there is better heat dissipation.
One of the potentially dangerous things that could happen while driving is getting a puncture. If you have tube-type tyres, getting a puncture could lead to an accident due to the sudden loss of air pressure from the tube that causes the car to be unstable and start swerving. This is not the case with tubeless tyres. They lose air slowly and uniformly through the point of the puncture, which allows you to maintain control of your car, slow it down and bring it safely to a stop.
Further, the sudden air loss in a tube-type tyre means that there are higher chances of damaging the car wheel by running flat on it. However, since the tube tyres lose their air evenly, there is a lower chance of this kind of damage.
Finally, and perhaps more importantly, tubeless tyres last longer than tube-type tyres, which makes more economic sense since you won't have to replace them as frequently as tube-type tyres.Share