There are many components of your car that need to be regularly checked and replaced (gasoline, anyone?), but high up on the list of importance are your tires. As your direct link to the road, your tires need to be in top condition, not only for solid performance but for your safety. Before you decide to buy new tires, let’s talk about a few things to bear in mind.
When purchasing tires, it is important to make sure that all the tires on your car are the same or at least very close to the same type. This is most conveniently accomplished if you can afford to buy all four tires at the same time. Of course, we know that is not always feasible for people, especially when you have lottery tickets or sushi to buy instead, so let’s say you can only change one or two tires. Just make sure you buy the same size, type, and speed rating as the other tires on your car. Essentially, you must maintain the feng shui of your tires.
The next thing to consider when buying tires is the weather conditions you might be driving in (no, soused is not a weather condition). People who live in snowy climates will need to get tires suitable for winter weather, whereas someone in California will probably not need to concern themselves with that kind of tire. Often ,people who live in wintry climates will have a set of tires that they use specifically during the winter when they will encounter extreme driving conditions.
If you live in a mild climate, chances are you’ve never even thought about having two sets of tires, because you simply do not need them. But you have to consider your normal driving habits, as well. If your furthest driving distance is to the local shopping center, you can get away with using just about any tire. If you spend a lot of time in rush hour traffic, you’ll be better off getting more responsive tires. For regular long highway trips, you’ll need some smooth, quiet, long-lasting tires.
And let’s not forget the speed rating on tires. Being informed about this number can save you money. Why buy a tire rated at 150MPH when you’re never going to be driving that fast (unless you rob a bank)? You can easily get away with a cheaper tire rated for 130MPH.
Keep all of this in mind the next time you need new tires and you’ll be safer on the road and better prepared for driving conditions, and you just might save yourself some money.