Monday, June 14, 2010

TYREPAC announces partnership with

Singapore, 14 June 2010 – Tyrepac has announced that will become their official map provider for Singapore, providing their users with interactive maps to Tyrepac fitting locations throughout Singapore. Tyrepac Singapore currently has 34 fitting locations across the island.

Car owners and users will find this service helpful with interactive maps to reputable tyre retailers & workshops working with Tyrepac. Visitors to Tyrepac can also get an overview map of the outlets and service workshops in Singapore. Upon hovering on an outlet pin-pointed on the map, users can receive interactive directions to the outlet, with route shortcuts, and even the ability to search for amenities nearby.

“We are proud to welcome onboard as our official map provider and believe it will serve our users well.” said Tyrepac Managing Director, Ler Hwee Tiong. “This partnership with underlines our commitment to provide our users with the complete convenience of purchasing tyres online.”

“We find Tyrepac’s service to their customers highly innovative. It is about variety of choice and location convenience.” said Thomas Pramotedham, General Manager of “We are proud to play a supporting role to Tyrepac’s service model.”

About Tyrepac
Tyrepac is Asia's first and largest online tyre retailing website. It provides consumers with a portal to compare tyre brands, patterns, and prices. Upon purchase, customers can choose one of its island-wide fitment stations for fitment, or opt for Tyrepac’s mobile service – which does door step tyre fitment and oil change. Tyrepac is registered and headquartered in Singapore.

About, a free-for-public-use online map of Singapore, contains authoritative data from the Singapore Land Authority and rich information about where to find many other amenities. also allows users to compile and compute travel instructions (by car or public transport) to intended destinations and display them on the map.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Purchasing Tyres Based On Your Needs

One question our customer service officers in Tyrepac often ask our customers is, “What is your preference- quiet (comfort), or wet performance?”

There is unfortunately a trade off between wanting a quiet tyre, which generates minimal road noise, and tyres which gives good wet weather performance (generally noisier).

Directional design

As highlighted, tyres designed with grooves in a directional manner disperse water in the most economical manner. Outwards and away from the direction of travel to give you better wet weather performance. And in-order to ensure maximum volume of water dispersal, grooves has to be as wide as possible. However, this also generates road noise, particularly on dry road conditions, since air is trapped, compressed, and released - which results in “tyre noise”

Designs such as these cater to consumers who can tolerate road noise, and look for wet performance more than riding comfort.

There are exceptions in directional tyre design, which are meant for a quiet and comfortable ride. The way to judge would be to see how “wide” the grooves are.

Symmetrical design/ wave design, non-directional design

Symmetrical designed tyres have grooves arranged in a wave like manner, and usually have smaller lateral grooves cutting the tyre design, to further break up road noise.

Tyre designs such as these are quieter since priority is not in wet weather performance, but rather providing a quiet ride. There are again exceptions, when wider grooves are built-in to cater to wet weather.

Asymmetric design

Asymmetric designed tyres are a combination of comfort and wet weather performance- by having tyres designed combining the principles of wet weather, and principles of comfort. Half the surface of the tyre tread is designed for wet performance, while the other half is for comfort.

Asymmetric designed tyres have gradually grown in popularity in recent years, and are now readily available, but with a small premium in price.

The next time you need a set of tyres, don’t just accept what you are told. And to the many lady drivers who commonly have to “ask my boyfriend/ husband”, you now can instead educate him about the basics of tyre designs.

Happy motoring!

Ler Hwee Tiong, Managing Director
Tyrepac Pte Ltd