First of all, do I need new tires?
For the most enjoyable driving experience it is important to replace worn tires with new tires. Optimum traction helps provide responsive handling for a smooth, reliable ride. To determine when you should start shopping for new tires, follow these simple steps. Pinch a Lincoln-head penny between your thumb and forefinger, so that the top of Lincolns head is showing.
Place the top of Lincolns head into one of the tire tread grooves – try to measure at the deepest point within the tread.If any part of Lincolns head is hidden by the tread, your tires have enough tread. However, if you can see above Lincolns head, you're ready for new tires. You should always check your tires in several tread locations. Be sure to check the inner, outer, and middle grooves of each tire, as tires can wear differently on each side, due to improper wheel alignment and/or low inflation.
What should I consider when buying new tires?
Below are a few considerations that make choosing a tire simpler. Look for new tires that excel in tests for braking, handling, and resistance to hydroplaning. Let treadwear, ride comfort, noise, and rolling resistance help narrow your choices. Goodyear's comparative tread-life tests demonstrate that a manufacturer's warranty doesn't always reflect how a tire will wear, but used as an estimate, it's an important piece to review. Choosing a vehicle tire depends on where you live, weather and terrain issues, what performance expectations you have, and what your vehicle requires.
Are premium tires worth it?
Are premium tires worth the price? That depends on your expectations and lifestyle. Tires are designed to adapt and excel to a variety of conditions, but because there are so many variables how much you invest is proportional to the tire’s performance. No matter what kind of car you drive, it is your tires that ultimately connect with the road and influence how well your vehicle starts, stops, and turns. Based on these realities, you can decide whether you should consider premium tires.
What the heck do those numbers mean?
The numbers in the tire size refer to its width, aspect ratio, and wheel diameter. "205/55R16" means the tire is 205 mm wide, has an aspect ratio (that is, the width divided by the height) of 55%, and fits on a 16" rim. Speed ratings are usually inserted before the "R." The most common speed ratings are HR (good for 130mph), VR (149 mph), and ZR (more than 149 mph).
Looking at Discount Tires?
Over the past couple of years we've been watching tire sales, we are an independent tire facility in Oldham County. We have been spending a lot of time attempting to answer the big question we get asked all the time. That question would be:
Is it better to suck it up and put leading high quality tires on your car or run discount tires and change them more frequently?
So we are going to do a three part blog on the subject because discount tires in Oldham County are very popular in June.The real answer does come down to individual preference, BUT, we have to say that we prefer to run more expensive tires and change them every 50-70,000 miles. We also use synthetic oil and flush our fluids every 50-75,000 miles. Obviously when making this decision we looked at tests to answer the question. By running inexpensive (not cheap or re-treads) tires are we sacrificing safety? This is by far the most important question. What we discovered is that nine times out of ten the discount tires performed as well as the higher quality tires. Certain tire companies will tell you that their tread design will cut through rain and prevent hydro planing. We have to say that going through a one foot deep puddle the laws of gravity and water mass defiantly out weigh the tread design. The reality is that hit at the right speed and force, no tire tread is going to stop you from hydro planing. So in this situation the discount tires worked just as good as the more expensive high quality tires.
The following part of this question is: are these cheap tires more likely to blow? The best answer to that is it's extremely unlikely. Most flat tires are brought on by either under inflation or by road hazards. Ninety percent of the time, a road hazard is going to blow your tire regardless of what the quality is like or how much you paid. Stay close to our blog. We have two more great questions. We LOVE feedback so don't be shy.