Tips for Buying New Car Tires

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It is important to think about the kind of driving that you’ll be doing when you go to purchase new tires. Knowing the terrain, the weather and the amount of driving you will be doing in your commute, whether it be on freeways, winding roads or side streets will help you know what kind of tires to buy. You will need sturdy, durable tires if you plan on driving on a road or off-road where there will be lots of rocks and gravel.

Tip #1 – Always consider where and how you will be driving. Tires are designed to be used for specific circumstances and to deliver a specific effect, such as extra traction for bad weather, sporty handling or a smooth and comfortable ride. Unfortunately, selecting a tire for one specific need will generally mean that you will have to forgo other specialty features.

Tip #2 – An all-weather, all-season tire is best. Most drivers will never need anything more than the general all-season, all-weather tire, which is why they are usually standard stock on most new cars.

Tip #3 – Learn all you can about your tires. When it comes time to replace your worn out tires, it is best to replace them with tires that are the same size, style and brand as your originals. You will find the sizing information on your tires, the letter P stands for “passenger vehicle,” and then the next number is the width of the tire measured in millimeters, the height comes next and is marked in a ratio of height to width, with the R for radial before the final number, which reveals the wheel’s diameter.

Tip #4 – Locate a reliable dealer to purchase your new tires. You can purchase new tires at a number of different types of retailers, such as gas stations, tire specialty stores, discount warehouse stores, online, over the phone or even at your dealership. Shop around to get the best price and the best possible service available.

Tip #5 – Your tires should be installed by a professional tire dealer or a mechanic. In order to properly put your tires on over your car’s wheels, professional machines are needed.

Tip #6 – It is important to regularly rotate your tires according to manufacturer suggestion to keep the wear and tear even on all tires. An even wear will help your tires to stay in similar condition so they can all be replaced at the same time, and keeping track of the depth on your treads will help you prepare for the cost associated with replacing them in the future.

Keeping all of these tips in mind will help you to make sure you purchase the right tires for your car so you will get the absolute best results. Enjoy your car even more with a safe and reliable set of tires!