How to Get More from Your Tires

June 6, 2011 Safety Tips admin

Increasing Tire Tread Life

If you get more life out of the tread of your tires without compromising safety, you can save money.

What are the most important maintenance steps for keeping my tires safe?

  • Tire rotation
  • Regular air pressure checks
  • Shock absorbers
  • Size of vehicle
  • Driving habits
  • Type of road conditions
  • Suspension condition
  • Alignment
  • Road surfaces

These factors influence the life you get out of your tires.

The Best Tire Manufacturers

I always like to shop around for the best quality at the best price. Doing a little research online before you purchase your new tires is highly recommended. All you need to know is the vehicle make and tire size. The tire size is found on the sidewalls that are currently on your car. When you have that information you can compare tires with the following brands:

  1. Goodyear
  2. Michelin
  3. Pirelli
  4. Bridgestone / Firestone
  5. BF Goodrich
  6. Nitto
  7. Continental
  8. Dunlop
  9. Yokohama
  10. Kelly-Springfield

The types of tires you can choose from include- Belted bias, Bias, Radial, Semi-pneumatic and Solid [1]. A few other interesting things to know include; Tread wear Grade based on the actual wear rates. Traction grades are also assigned to tires that are a result of testing traction in wet conditions. The temperature tolerance of tires is also measured for ability to dissipate heat [2].

If you want to compare the benefits and features of tires before making your purchase I recommend visiting a few tire consumer review sites first.

Tire Inflation

One of the easiest jobs to do is keep your tires inflated with the correct pressure in all tires. This will also improve your gas mileage, tire wear and handling. Most air pups for cars have a built in tire pressure gauge. Use this gauge to insure your pressures are proper.

Rim Condition

All car tires have rims that are seated on. Although rim condition is only one of several checks you should perform, rims are critical in the overall performance of your tires. When you hit an object like a curb, the rim may suffer damage. If a rim is damaged or out of shape it will cause unnecessary wear and tear on your tires.

There you have it, you are now armed with most of the information you should need to make an educated decision on your next car tire purchase. If you would like an opinion from an Orillia mechanic, feel free to contact Greg the Mechanic.

Thanks to great sources for the information…

1)      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tire

2)      http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=48

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