* Purchasing Tires Selecting the Right Tire & Determining When You Need Tires
Tires are considered to be worn out at 2/32 inch minimum tread depth. In wet conditions 4/32 inch or less tread means a significant loss of wet traction due to shallower grooves and sides. In snow conditions, traction noticeably diminishes at 6/32 inch tread depth. Shallower lug and groove depths limit a tire's ability to "bite" into snow and clean out snow compressed into the tread. Irregular wear necessitates early tire replacement.
* Determine How Many Tires You Need
If you need one tire (due to damage, a defect, irregular wear, etc.) it is recommended that you replace it with a tire that has a similar brand, line, speed rating, and load capacity to your three remaining tires. If you need two tires due to poor or irregular wear, replace the tire with ones of similar or better quality. The two new tires should go on the rear of your vehicle. Replacing all four tires is the best case scenario, as you are open to a wide range of options.
*Determining Tire Size
Most people replace their old tires with the same size that was on the vehicle. If this is your choice, there are various locations you can check to determine tire size. You can check the sidewall of the tire itself. You can also find this information in the owner's manual for your vehicle. Finally, you can check your vehicle's tire placard. The placard is often located inside the glove box door, fuel door, doorpost, or door edge of your vehicle. Changing tire size can often improve the ride and performance of a vehicle through the following methods: By selecting a tire of the next lower profile, you can significantly improve the ride quality and handling of your vehicle.
*Analyze Your Driving Conditions A person who lives in South Carolina will often choose a significantly different tire for their car than someone who lives in Vermont. There are exceptions to the rule, however. The person who lives in South Carolina may go on a skiing or off-roading trip. The person in Vermont may only drive on plowed roads during snow season. Therefore, their driving situations may include a variety of conditions.
--Here are some guidelines to help you select the right tire based on your driving conditions: Analyze your average driving conditions to determine if you most frequently drive on dry roads, a combination of both wet and dry roads, or primarily wet roads. Then, factor in the possibility of seasonal extremes. Most tires purchased today are the all-season type that appeal to the great majority of drivers who seek acceptable performance and traction across the spectrum of possible driving conditions in all four seasons. Look for the M&S symbol on the sidewall to ensure the tire's mud and snow rating for winter use.
*Consider Seasonal Tires
All-season tires have performance and traction disadvantages since their design elements are averaged. In the fast-growing performance market segment, two newer strategies have become popular. In non-snow climates, summer or dry type designs are emerging as year-round favorites. These designs feature far superior dry handling and traction with wet performance ranging from acceptable to excellent. Performance enthusiasts who live in more extreme winter climates also use these new designs when seasons allow and change over to winter tires once the snow begins to fall. If you drive a pickup truck or SUV, chances are you'll be considering a purpose-built tire design to match your driving needs. These designs have tradeoffs including traction (both on and off the road for various conditions), highway ride quality, and performance. In terms of traction, designs range from HT (highway tread) to AP (all-purpose) to AT (all-terrain) to MT (mud-terrain) in order of aggressive tread design. Highway ride quality diminishes as the tread design becomes more aggressive. You can pick tread aggressiveness according to your needs, but be mindful of the highway ride quality tradeoff. Most SUV owners select AP type tires for their balanced highway ride and all-season traction. Sport truck tires with all-season tread designs are quickly gaining popularity among SUV owners, however. These drivers are looking for better handling when on the highway and are willing to settle for less traction off-road. Meanwhile, pickup truck owners continue to sustain their "purpose-oriented" tire selection, with AT tires remaining the most popular type in this market segment. However, Sport truck tires are showing gains among those who like great highway handling and need a tire that can handle truck load capacities.
*Buy the Best Quality You Can Afford
The old adage, "you get what you pay for", may have been invented for tire buying. A good exercise would be to calculate the total price for your tire purchase and divide that by the miles of service to get the cost per mile. You'll quickly see that the better tires are the better value. When you have mileage guarantees to compare, this calculation is very easy, but there is another way. When you are comparing tires within a particular brand, use the UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading) ratings (treadweargrade) to calculate value. Divide the tread wear rating by the price. The highest number should be your pick if you want the best value according to treadwear grade.
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