Before you enter the tire buying market, you want to arm yourself with the relevant information. This will help you focus your search amid the sometimes overwhelming sea of options. To assist you, we’ve created a quick guide that covers the essentials.
Step 1 - Learn
What Type Of Tires Do You Have?
If you’re replacing the tires that came standard on a new car, and you like how they perform, the best place to start may be to identify what type of tires they are. To do so just read the tire sidewall. You’ll find an alpha numeric sequence there that specifies the width, aspect ratio, construction, rim diameter, load index, and speed rating.
For any additional information you may need, you can refer to your owners manual. But with just the information from your tire’s sidewall, you’ll be able to find tires that match in store or online.
Step 2 - Check
When Should You Get Tires?
The tried-and-true method of telling when a tire is nearing the end of its longevity is what’s called the penny test. The penny test involves taking honest Abe in his one-cent glory and sticking the coin between the vertical grooves of your tires. If the crown of his head disappears, the tread on your tires is good. However, if all that vanishes are a few letters of “in God we trust”, you’d better trust in some new tires.
All tires have a tire identification number on the sidewall that begins with the letters DOT for Department of Transportation. The last four digits tell you the week and year the tire was manufactured. The last two digits are the year. The preceding two digits are the week of that year. So a tire with a DOT number ending in 2316 were made in the 23rd week of the year 2016. If the DOT code shows the tire to be 6 years or older, consult your local tire professionals for further recommendations”
Step 3 – Observe
Where Do You Drive?
If the majority of your time behind the wheel is spent on unpaved, city, or highway roads—it benefits you to equip your vehicle with tires designed specifically for those environments. Equally if not more relevant is your local weather. Specialized tires meant to handle summer, winter, or all season conditions give you the handling you need and will last longer in your region, saving you money over time.
Those are the basics. A great selection is out there, and tireamerica makes tire installation a breeze. Tire buying has never been this easy.