What Do I Need To Know When Shopping for New Tires?

 

Updated: March 2nd, 2017

Sterling, Virginia - Tires are the only parts of your car that are in contact with the road. Your vehicle’s safety, function and performance are dependent on the state and quality of the 4 tires on your car. Having the wrong set of tires on your vehicle or tires that have high mileage on them or tires that are just plain old - could result in a safety risk, less gas efficiency and lower car performance.

 

Check your tires right now and decide whether you need to shop for tires before you begin driving to your next destination. Safety first. Are the treads showing excessive wear? Do the sidewalls show any cracks? Are the tires misshapen, bulging or discolored? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it’s time for a to shop for a set of quality tires. Consider shopping for new tires if the current ones are more than a decade old, regardless of how they look.

 

Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies, Inc., gives an analogy comparing a tire to a rubber band, "If you take a rubber band that's been sitting around a long time and stretch it, you will start to see cracks in the rubber."  “Tires that are rated for higher mileage have "anti-ozinant" chemical compounds built into the rubber that will slow the aging process, but nothing stops the effects of time on rubber”, says Doug Gervin, Michelin's director of product marketing for passenger cars and light trucks. Carmakers such as Nissan and Mercedes-Benz inform consumers to replace tires six years after their production date, regardless of tread life.

 

Choosing the Right Tires

There are no shortage of options when it comes time to buying new tires. There are so many dizzying choices, each touting a special feature or technology. Before you get lost in the maze, check your car manual. It contains recommendations on what size and type of tires you should use for your car. But, to start - here are a few other things to keep in mind when choosing new tires.

 

Tire types

Tires are categorized based on different features including tire speed rating and wheel size.

 

Where Do I Shop for New Tires?

The best way to shop for new quality tires is by visiting the tire professionals in your own community. Not only is it convenient but local tire shops usually carry a wide array of quality branded tires for your vehicle. When visiting your local tire shop check for tire size, load rating, speed rating and fuel efficiency to make sure you are getting the right tires for your vehicle. Your best source of information regarding the specifications for your vehicle is right in your owner’s manual.

 

Should I Replace all the Tires?

You might be tempted to replace only the most important or most worn out tires. But this could lead to reduced car performance and fuel efficiency. Your car performs best with all tires being similar and with the same tire wear and tear. The car will handle better, the suspension will work more efficiently and you will save on fuel.

 

How Can I Make My Tires Last 10 Years?  

  • Always make sure your new tires have the right tire pressure. Proper inflation increases gas mileage and lengthens the life of your tires.

  • Regular tire rotations are a must if you want to keep them in optimal shape.

  • Keep your tires balanced and your front end in alignment. An out-of-whack front end may mean that your car consistently pulls to one side while you're driving, which inevitably leads to uneven wear and tear on your tires.

 

Most importantly, know when to make another change. How long you should wait depends on how often you drive and where you drive.  But, if want some expert advice - the Quality Discount Tire professionals at Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto can check your tires and let you know your best options. And if you need new tires - they can provide you with top quality branded tires to keep you and your family safe on the road.

 

*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.
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