Tires keep your vehicle moving. They transport your vehicle to safety for thousands of miles. It is important to choose the correct tires for your vehicle.
Remember to always put safety first. When purchasing new tires, consider the tire’s stability with braking, handling, and resistance. If you live in an area with severe weather, consider the tire’s ability to control winter traction and hydroplaning. Other safety factors to consider include tread wear, ride comfort, noise, and rolling resistance.
Shop around for the best prices and quality. Tire prices vary greatly depending on your region, so check with online or mail-in stores, independent tire dealers, tire chains, car dealerships, and department stores. Costs can increase with mounting, balancing, and new valves additions, so also check to see if these additions are included in the original price.
Select the type of tire that fits your vehicle best. The type depends on how you drive, the type of tire included with your car, and the performance your desire. Purchase the recommended tire size for your vehicle. The common naming of the tire denotes the cross- section width in millimeters, whether the vehicle is a passenger car tire, the ratio of sidewall height to cross-section width, radial-ply construction, and the wheel diameter. Selecting the correct tire size will significantly improve your vehicle’s performance.
Every tire comes with a Department of Transportation number that denotes the week and year the tire was made. For example, the digits 1110 would mean the tire was made during the 11th week of 2010. Be sure to check the age of the tire, and avoid purchasing tires that are more than a few years old.
To keep your tires running smoothly, stay up-to-date with tire maintenance. Check the air pressure of the tires each month, and understand that the weather can under inflate or over inflate your tires quickly. Routinely check the tires for cracks, cuts, or bulges, as these defects can lead to serious problems. Be sure to also check for uneven tread wear; this often indicates poor wheel alignment or worn suspension components.
The appearance of tires is important to many vehicle owners. Tires come in a broad array of sizes and customization. While looks are important, it is also vital to choose tires that keep you safe and increase the life of your vehicle. Do not sacrifice safety for appearance.
There are many varieties of tires on the market today. Some may be lower quality than others, but overall, the good ones outweigh the poorly-designed ones. Just be sure to do your homework to choose the best and most reasonable tires for your vehicle, and never be afraid to ask specialists and professionals for their expertise. Know what tires will keep you and your car safe and on the ground.
Thornton Chevy of York, PA
From checking your tires to helping you purchase a new car, Thornton Chevrolet is a valuable resource for all of your car questions and maintenance needs. For more information, visit Thornton Chevrolet at www.tchevy.com. TChevy serves owners of all makes and models of vehicles and provides services to those in the Harrisburg, York, Hanover, Gettysburg, Lancaster and Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania regions.