How to Choose What Type of Tires to Purchase
Shelling out five hundred or more dollars for something that you don’t necessarily see, wear, enjoy, or desire is not what most people would describe as an enjoyable shopping experience. Buying tires is a weighty financial responsibility for most drivers. Many drivers put little thought into the type of tires they purchase for their vehicle other than price; however, tires are an important part of your overall driving safety and the style of your car. The type of tires that are best for you and your vehicle depends largely on the type of driver you are.
How to Proceed
Are you a commuter? You will want a set of tires that has been predicted to last a long time and increase your fuel efficiency. There are many brands and types of tires that are designed particularly for people who drive small cars on daily commutes to work and school. Buying these types of tires will help your car handle more smoothly on the highway.
Do you drive a large truck or SUV? These types of vehicles often require larger, and more expensive, tires. While a smaller style may be more economical, the look of your vehicle will be less sporty and rugged. Again, there are specific types of tires that are designed to improve the gas efficiency of trucks and SUVS if you are concerned about your fuel budget.
Do you drive your vehicle off-road? If so, you might be interested in purchasing a set of dual-purpose tires. These types of tires are appropriate for both off-road travel and driving on regular roads. These types of tires are larger and have more prominent treads. They will help your vehicle navigate mud, steep inclines, and loose gravel.
Is your vehicle customized? Paint jobs, chrome details, tinted windows, and custom exhausts are often accentuated by a particular style of tires. Many drivers of customized vehicles often choose low profile tires. If you drive an antique or classic car, you may want to choose a set of tires that is historically appropriate.
Do you live in an area with severe winter weather? If so, you may need to invest in tires that are specially engineer to help you stay safe in ice, snow, and slush.
Replace your tires before they become too worn to be safely driven on. A good rule of thumb is to place a penny inside the tread with Lincoln’s head perpendicular to the ground. If you can see all of his hair, it is time for replacements. Call around to several garages or tire retailers before making your purchase. Individuals who purchase a set of four tires are often eligible for a rebate or incentive from the tire manufacturer. Some garages also offer to rotate and balance your tires for free after you purchase them there.
Andrei Zakhareuski is the founder of Driving-Tests.org. He has been writing for beginner US drivers for several years.
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