Our vehicles are something we tend to take for granted. They are a tool that we use on a daily basis, for most of us. We look at it like our toothbrush or toilet paper. As long as we have them, things are perfect in our world, but the moment we have to do without them, chaos ensues.
We are lost and in panic mode until we can find a way to meet that need. Toothbrushes and toilet paper are an easy fix. A simple run to the store and the problem is solved. However, if it is your wheels that are in need of repair, you’re in a bit of a pickle.
One of the most common replacements needed on a vehicle is the tires. Flat tires, bulges, tread that’s been revealed. These are some of the more common dilemmas. Below are a few tips on how to choose your replacements.
Know Your Vehicle
Knowing your vehicle is like knowing your own body. In order to keep a healthy outlook on life, you need to understand what’s normal and what might need the attention of a medical doctor. Being well acquainted with your mode of transportation is just as important.
Take the time to explore the engine. Know where all your fluids go, know your engine specs, what kind of transmission you have and how it works, and the details surrounding your tires. This way, you are immediately alerted to things that sound off or don’t look like they should.
If you take the time to keep up with your car, truck, or SUV, then you will know when things go wrong and have plenty of time to fix or replace parts before the damage is too much to handle.
Most people don’t think the the size of a vehicle’s tires matter much. They assume that as long as they all match, things are good to go. That’s just not true. If your tires are too small for your vehicle, there is a great chance they will have a hard time handling the weight of the car, much less balancing it on a sharp curve.
When you look at a tire, you will notice a label that might look something like P215/60R16 94T. The first part of this label will clue you into the width and diameter of the tire. The latter part, 94T will help you to know how much weight each tire can bear individually.
You do have some leeway where the size to weight ratio is concerned, but make sure to check with your vehicle’s manual or a certified mechanic. This will make sure you don’t place yourself or your passengers in danger with tires not made for your vehicle.
The last thing you will want to consider is how you intend to use your new tires. Do you live in an area where it snows or rains constantly? Do you have plans to take your 4×4 truck and do some off road mudding? Maybe you just need a quiet drive through the country or are making a daily commute through a cityscape.
Either way, the purpose behind your daily drive should help dictate what kind of tire you invest in. Snow tires or all season tires are a prudent buy if your local commute involves driving through the middle of Alaska. Driving a truck? Make sure the traction rating is higher.
Plan on taking things off road? Bias ply off road tires may be the best choice. Radial tires are built to withstand much more than they used to, but for the best performance, make sure your tire choice fits your vehicle’s daily life.
The family wheels are necessary for a smooth running day in most households. Make sure to refer to the tips above the next time you are on the hunt for new the tires to keep your daily routine rolling.