When it is time to purchase new tires for your car there are several things to keep in mind. You should think about where you drive. Tires are designed for specific results such as comfortable ride, durability, sport handling or traction in rain or snow. If you do not think you fall into any one of those categories, then you should consider an all-season tire. It is also best to replace your tires with those of the same brand, design and size since that is what your vehicle was most likely made to handle. Sometimes you might not need to purchase all four tires at the same time because all tires wear differently. To keep the same amount of wear and tear on all tires you should have them rotated every three months.
Where to Purchase the Tires
New tires can be purchase at many different locations including car dealerships, gas stations, and discount stores. While prices will vary at each location it is best to do some comparison shopping. Some stores figure an instillation price into the tires and some do not. So, if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself then looking for this incentive might be to your advantage. For help purchasing new tires look for a sales representative for assistance to make sure you are getting the correct tire for your vehicle type. If you do not want to spend the money on brand new tires then looking at used tires is also an option. When doing this make sure to look at the tire tread and inspect the tires for holes or punctures.
Signs the Tires are Poor
With age the polyester bands on your tires can begin to go bad and start creating problems. Sometimes the tread of the tire develops a defect that cannot be balanced out causing your vehicle to vibrate. If any vibration is noted and cannot be fixed when with a realignment then purchasing new tires should be on your list. Noticing a constant humming sound that changes with speed is a sign of chopped tread. Chopped tread is a sign of a lack of rotation or failing suspension. One of the most obvious signs is wobbling. This typically happens at low speeds and you will physically feel the car bounce up and down and you may notice the steering wheel moving. A lack of wet traction is another sign of bad tires. When driving in wet conditions your traction lessens potentially causing for hydroplaning to occur. If this is the case then your tires need to be replaced immediately.
Improve the Longevity of Your Tires
Since tires can be a considerable investment, they can last for up to 85,000 miles, depending on what type and quality you purchase. To get the full benefit from your new tires you want to practice good maintenance. Regularly checking the tread, tire pressure and rotating them on a routine schedule is best and will help you achieve maximum life from your new tires. With proper care, your new tires should be able to last you awhile. If you notice a leak get the hole patched immediately and you should be able to drive several more miles on that tire before it needs replacing as long as the leak does not come back.