Selecting the Right Tires

Selecting the perfect tires for your automobile is an extremely important, and often overlooked, decision. Your car's tires are what holds your car to the road and can affect your vehicle's performance and even its fuel economy. Most important, poor and worn down tires are a major safety hazard for you and your family. No matter how great and expensive a car you own, if it doesn't have quality tires, all that horsepower and luxury will certainly be in vain.  Here are some tire tips:

  • Know when to replace your tires. Look for signs of serious tire wear. Obviously, if you have a flat tire or can visibly see parts of your tire falling apart, it is time for a new tire. Smaller signs, like a simple worn down tread, cupping or bulging are less obvious but just as important. If you notice abnormal wear, your vehicle shakes or shimmies or you hear unusual sounds have a certified technician check your tires.  Technicians will do and visual inspection and check your tread with a tread gauge.  You can check tread depth yourself by placing a penny into your tires tread. If you can still see all of Lincoln's head your tires have at least 2/32" of tread left.

  • Maintain your tires correctly.  The most important tire maintenance is proper inflation.  Tires naturally lose air pressure and need to be checked and properly inflated.  Properly inflated tires not only last longer but maximize gas mileage.  Tires should also be rotated every other oil change.  This assures even wear and long tread life.  It's also a good idea to check your wheel alignment yearly.  Potholes and curbs can easily move alignment settings.  Misalignment cause premature wear on tires and suspension components and reduces gas mileage.

  • Make sure you know the proper size tire for your vehicle.  This is especially important if you are replacing only one or two tires. Using mismatched tires can damage your vehicle.

  • Consider driving conditions.  Here in Michigan the ideal setup is to use winter tires and summer tires.  Winter tires have special tread design to not only get you going in slippery conditions but help you stop too.  All season tires are a compromise and are not specifically designed for ice and snow.  If you've ever had a chance to see the difference between winter tires and all season tires, you know how superior winter tires are when it's cold and slippery.  If your car came equipped with high performance tires they are made of soft compounds and wear faster than a standard passenger tire.  Expect to replace high performance tires much more often than standard tires.

  • Consider tread life.  The best indicator of tire quality is tread life. This indicates the durability and stability of varying tires' treads. While each tire company comes up with a fancy new sort of tread, many are rather similar in quality, so durability may be what you want to be looking at. A tire's speed rating is also important, especially if you live in a state with a higher speed limit. Some tires are equipped to go faster than others, so make sure you have a tire with a high speed rating if you plan on consistently driving your vehicle over 75 to 80 miles per hour (120 to 129 kilometers per hour).

If you have more questions, our tire experts are happy to offer free inspections and advice.  Give us a call today at (888) 853-3847 with questions or for a tire quote.  Or you can complete the contact form and one of our experts will answer promptly.

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