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Selecting the Right Tires for Your Car



electing the right tires for your vehicle doesn’t have to be a headache. In fact, it can be a fairly simple and fun process if you know what you’re looking for. In this article, we will examine how to select the right tires for your vehicle.


1.         Know what you need.   Before you begin searching for tires, you must be able to answer a few questions. This is because the salesperson will likely need to know the answers before they can help you make a suggestion. For example, how much do you drive? What is the weather like where you live? Do you do a lot of highway or dirt road driving? What type of car do you have? How often do you get your tires rotated? Do you live in an area where there is a lot of snow?


2.         Be Familiar With Different Types. Your next step is to be familiar with different types of tires. The types that you need to know are as follows:


a.         Snow Tires. These tires are specifically constructed to grip snowy surfaces. The rubber is formulated to stay pliable and gives you better traction to avoid spinning on icy roads.  However, these tires wear more quickly than regular ones and have to be replaced more frequently.


b.         All Season Performance Tires. These tires are for all types of conditions. It makes no difference if you live in dry or wet locations. With these kinds, it could rain and snow and you’d still be protected.


c.         Performance Tires. These tires provide you with more traction and grip and ride really well. The downside is that these tires are quite costly, can hurt ones’ pocketbook and need to be replaced fairly quickly.


3.         Buy All Four Tires At Once. Tires should be considered a matching set with their own unique characteristics. So if one breaks down then the other one must be replaced as well. This is for your own protection and will ensure optimum grip when traveling.  The only exception is if you buy a new set and run over a nail or some other object then you only need to replace the damaged one. Otherwise, if they are all worn due to high mileage then they should all be replaced.


4.             Conduct Market Research. Make sure that you are familiar with all kinds of tires. Don’t be quick to buy the cheapest ones. Ask your sales person to explain the tire rating system to you. And then use your common sense and buy the one that is most appropriate for your vehicle.


            Finally, please don’t be cheap when it comes to buying tires for your vehicle.  Think of your tires as your car’s legs.  If your break or hurt one of your legs, you won’t be able to walk correctly until it is “fixed”, and fixed correctly.  The same goes for your tires. If one or more of your tires is not the correct size, is damaged or does not have the proper tread, or doesn’t have the proper inflation, etc., you will not receive its optimum performance.  There is nothing wrong with finding good bargains, but remember that good tires can save your life and the life of your loved ones.


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