Tires are the only part of a car that touches the ground. Most people do not worry a lot about their tires until something goes wrong. It is important to give the proper attention to your tires so you won’t have an issue at a very inopportune moment. Good quality and well-maintained tires can provide you with supreme road safety, better handling, increased fuel economy, and a comfortable and quality ride.
There are hundreds of tire brands available, and going to a tire shop may be an overwhelming experience. You will have to choose from different brands, styles, sizes, composition, construction, and price. To make it easier to select your tires, you might want to consider the following tips.
- Ensure that you really need new tires. Inspect your car’s tires for obvious tread wear, discoloration or bulging, or cracked sidewalls. This means that you may need new tires for your car.
- Ensure that your car is in good running condition. Check your tires if they are uneven, because this may indicate that your car has a suspension or alignment problem. Replacing your tires because of a problem with the alignment causes you to waste money, and makes the tires not last as long. Tire shops can check your tires, and assess your car before you make the purchase. Have your car inspected by your own mechanic to get unbiased feedback.
- Check your car’s manual to get information. Your car’s manufacturer may have a recommendation for the right type and size for your car. If there is no manual, you can try either the internet or ask a car expert.
- Read tire codes. There are codes that can be found on your tires. They are standard codes that describe your tires and identify what is needed.
- Purchase a complete set. You may be tempted to buy only the replacement for the worn out tire. Replacing all your tires at once will help keep your tires at an even amount of wear.