Make a safe choice
Making the right choice in car tires begins with asking yourself five questions about your vehicle and driving habits, as well as what you are looking for in a new set of car tires.
When shopping for new car tires, here are five questions to ask yourself.
Question 1: What kind of automobile do you drive?
This is an important consideration when determining the sort of tires you require for your vehicle. However, while the correct tires for a 4-door sedan may appear to be similar to those on other vehicles, each vehicle has its own set of manufacturer recommendations for new replacement tires. Among these are load carrying capacity, traction ratings, speed ratings, and other characteristics. Consult your owner’s handbook or the door-jamb sticker located on the inside of the driver’s side door for more information.
Question 2: What roads do you use to get around in your car?
Do you commute to and from work primarily by car? Do you spend a lot of time on the highway, going at high speeds? Is there any chance of rain, snow, or ice? Do you drive your car over gravel roads on a regular basis? The tread pattern of a tire may tell you a lot about what it is designed to perform and can assist you in determining which tires are the best fit for you.
If you’re driving in rain or snow, the specific tread compound found in all-weather tires, or the design of an all-season tire, can provide you with additional traction and control. If you spend a lot of time on the highway, high-performance and ultra-high-performance tires can assist you maintain greater control and braking when traveling at high speeds.
Question 3: Do you place a high value on comfort, silence, or a combination of the two?
Tire noise can be reduced by using a narrower tire and tread blocks that are shorter in length. To learn more about quiet tires, see this article. More information can be found by searching for These Features. When you’re looking for extra comfort, you should seek for tires that have been carefully designed to reduce the amount of road vibration you feel.
Question 4: Are you someone who enjoys saving money?
Some tires are engineered to be as fuel-efficient as possible. While you may have to spend extra for these types of tires, depending on how you drive, you may be able to save money at the gas pump.
An easier and more surefire way to save money is to purchase a set of tires that have a long tread life and a low cost per mile traveled. The longer you can go without replacing them, the more money you will save in the long run. Finally, there are lower-priced standard touring tires available that can help you save money right now.
Tip: To extend the life of your tires, avoid taking bends and corners at excessive speeds, avoiding abrupt braking and acceleration, avoiding hitting curbs and potholes, and maintaining correct tire inflation.
Question 5: What is more important to you: longevity or performance?
The type of tire you use has a direct impact on the tread life you get. It is possible that a pair of all-season tires will have a longer tread life than a set of ultra-high-performance tires that are meant to hug the road surface and provide you greater control in bends and straightaway.
There are trade-offs to take into consideration.
When it comes to deciding between comfort, control, and traction, as well as tire life, fuel efficiency, and tire cost, it’s a game of give and take. If you want more comfort, you will almost certainly have to sacrifice some high-end performance (if you drive a sports car). It is possible that some of the tire’s life or traction will be reduced in order to obtain better fuel economy. The professionals at Les Schwab can assist you in determining what is most essential to you and in narrowing down your options based on your budget and requirements. Lastly, some final thoughts on selecting the proper tires
Professionals will ask you all of the pertinent questions to assist you in finding the best tires for your vehicle. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that your new tires are designed to keep you safe, whether you’re traveling to work, camping, or simply enjoying a drive in the country are all included with your purchase of new tires.