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Keeping Your Vehicle In Great Condition

What Tire Dealers Want You To Know

by Ana King

In the world of tire dealers, an informed customer is a good customer. That's because folks who understand the different types of tires and how tires make a difference in the driving experience tend to also be customers who appreciate the value of spending a little bit more. Your vehicle's tires are where the rubber literally hits the road, and it's a good idea to learn why you should select products competently and keep an eye on them.

Safety and Braking

It's easy to assume that the brake system in your car should do the job of bringing it to a halt. However, the best brake system in the world doesn't amount to much if the tires on a vehicle are of poor quality or happen to be worn down. While you don't need a monster amount of tread to bring your vehicle to a halt, you do want it to have an appropriate amount of tread for the driving conditions you'll most frequently face.

A good way to assess tread depth is to use a quarter. You should put the coin into the groove with the top of George Washington's head facing into the tire. If the tread is even with the top of the first president's head, then you have about 4/32 of an inch of tread left and you should be able to deal with wet or snowy road conditions safely for a little bit longer. Once there's some space about George's head, it's time to go shopping for tires, even if it's summer and you live in a dry environment.

Seasonal Tires

Many people in states where snowy or icy weather occur choose to use winter tires on their cars. Unless you live in a part of the world where the weather never gets warm, say not hotter than 70 degrees, you should remove your winter treads at the end of spring and have them replaced with all-season or touring tires. Winter treads are generally made of softer materials that allow greater contact with the road surface in bad conditions. Running winter treads during warm or hot weather can rapidly peel the tread off the tires.

You can have a tire services provider mount the tires to your vehicle's rims as the weather changes. Some people also purchase four additional rims and just keep their tires mounted to them, swapping sets of tires and wheels out. If you're comfortable changing a tire, this can save you a bit of money each year.  

For more information, contact a tire dealer.