Here are some frequently asked questions about tires:
Common tire questions
What driving habits negatively impact a tire’s life?
- Taking curves and corners fast
- Abrupt accelerating and braking. This can cause excessive heat that wears the tire out more quickly
- Hitting curbs, potholes, etc.
How do you extend the life of a tire?
In addition to driving responsibly, there are other ways you can prolong tire life:
- Check tire pressure regularly
- Rotate tires regularly as outlined in your owner’s manual to help equalize tread wear
- Check wheel alignment as recommended by your car maker
What is the correct air pressure for your tires?
Find your optimal operating tire inflation pressure in the owner’s manual and on a sticker located on the inside of the driver’s door.
Can you mix tire types?
Performance is best when all 4 tires are the same size, tread pattern and age. Tires that vary in those factors can cause handling and stability problems. However, some cars have different size tires in the front and rear, so check your owner’s manual.
Can you mix tires with different speed ratings?
Generally, not recommended. It could affect handling and maximum speed limit.
When should you use winter tires?
Winter tires are generally used when the temperature remains consistently near freezing. Winter tires can provide improved grip on icy and snowy surfaces, and are one way you can prepare your car for driving in the snow.
Should winter tires be used only in snow?
Usually, if temperatures drop and you’ll be driving in rain, ice, snow or other wintery conditions. When temperatures stay above freezing, change to summer or all-season tires.
Can you use summer tires in the winter?
This is not usually recommended. Cold weather can cause softer summer tires to lose grip, develop cracks and shorten tire life.
Should you purchase used tires?
This is not typically recommended. You may be unaware of past hazards or mistreatment the tires underwent.
Choosing the right tires and knowing how to care for them is critical to safe driving. Get more tire safety tips, so you can keep yourself and your tires in top shape on the road.
The Rest Of The Story
After work she was ready with her tire size, type and knowledge. Walked into “Goodyear Tires Company” order her tire, the technician put the tire on, and she put the tire back in her spare tire space within her car. Drove home and told her husband and family all about her tire buying experience.
To the average person buying new tires ranks pretty far down on the list of things most people want to do with their time and money, right next to replacing a failed water heater. While you might overspend on your next water heater, at least there will be a flow of warm water to wash the pain away.
Not so with tires. A poor choice of replacement rubber will haunt you every driving day for the next three to six years. The wrong tires will pound your neck, assault you with constant whining, cause your beloved sporty car to handle worse than a pickup, or scare you witless when it rains. Plus, buying new rubber is intimidating for the unprepared: Tires appear identical. Each manufacturer claims all its tires are superlative in every area. All cost more than you’d budgeted, which was “nothing.” And newer vehicles require replacement components for their tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
But this process doesn’t have to be so painful. I hope these are simple tips to make the tire-buying experience a little better. (Mac Demere Jun 5, 2012)