Seven Things You Need To Know About Tires

July 31st, 2015

We often see customers who are a little overwhelmed by the tire buying process. There are so many types of tires for different vehicles and different driving styles, all at different price points. Here are a few things every driver needs to know about tires:

·   A tire is constructed from the inside out, starting at the inner liner. There are 20 to 25 different components in every tire; fabric belts are wrapped around the inner liner, with steel belts, more fabric belts and other materials layered between the tread surface and the inner liner. These layers provide strength, noise suppression and ride quality.

·   Newer low-profile tires are popular with many drivers, if only for aesthetic/style reasons. It’s important to know low-profile tires may handle better and offer better steering response and cornering performance, but they will also have a harsher ride quality than traditional designs with taller, softer sidewalls.

·   Along with budget, think about your driving style and expectations. Do you prefer a quiet, smooth-riding tire? If so, grand touring or touring tires may be the way to go. Do you like better performance? Consider summer or UHP tires, but remember they will also wear faster than all-season or touring tires. Do you anticipate driving in light winter weather? All-season tires may be a great fit.

·  Remember your vehicle left the factory with a certain size of wheel and tire, and the car’s handling, steering response, braking performance and ride quality were all tuned for that specific size. Changing anything in that equation should be done carefully.  You’re better off in most cases staying with manufacturer’s recommendations for tire and wheel sizes.

·  Gas prices may fluctuate, but they are probably never going to be cheap again. Tires are an important part of fuel economy, and some industry experts contend drivers can see as much as a 15-20 percent difference in fuel economy depending on which tires they select. Low-rolling-resistance tires continue to evolve and improve…and of course, proper inflation to recommended air pressure is crucial to fuel economy.

·  If you drive a light truck, be mindful of how you’re going to use that truck. The tire’s load rating is important if you expect to haul heavy loads or do any towing. Also consider how often you might want to leave the pavement – many all-terrain tires are good for light off-road use while still offering a civilized ride and road manners.

·  Tires are still a “you get what you pay for” proposition. Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of great-quality tires at lower price points, but tires that seem too good to be true price-wise, usually are. Do your due diligence in looking up consumer reviews and ratings before making your decision. And of course, our service advisors will always be happy to help point you in the right direction.

We hope this helps a little in your tire buying process – if it’s time to get some new tires on your vehicle, make an appointment and we’ll be happy to get you set up. 

  Posted in: Tire 101


Sam Fisher says:
January 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm
To me, tires are more than just the rubber circles that you put on your car. They are a decent investment that you are entrusting your life to. The only contact points between the road and your vehicle are the tires, so you better be sure to get some good ones. Like you said above, there are many different options to consider before buying a set.

Andy Harrison says:
February 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm
With low-profile tires, they do give you a stiffer ride, but they will make up for it in the performance categories. If you have a sporty car, those are the ones that you should look at getting. Most cars will not have these types from the factory. The good part is that there are many different brands for you to choose from!

Andy Harrison says:
March 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm
With tires, you can't go cheap with them. It is especially important to get good tires if you drive a truck of some sort. There are many different types of tires, all with their benefits and drawbacks. For example, if you are doing a lot of freeway driving with your truck, you would want tires with less aggressive tread. If you do a lot of off-roading, then the big nubby tires would be perfect for you. Just be sure that you get the right tires for the proper application.

Luke Smith says:
May 21, 2016 at 10:26 am
This is a very good article about what to look for when buying tires. I thought it was interesting that low-profile tires may be able to handle better than other tires out there. I would want to talk to someone that knows a thing or two about tires, and see what they would recommend.

Maggie Allen says:
June 29, 2016 at 11:19 am
I actually had no idea that tires could make your car 15-20% more furl efficient; that's pretty nice! Right now, I have a Honda Civic, so I get pretty good gas mileage, but it hasn't been as good lately. Since I haven't had any problems with the engine or catalytic converter, it sounds like I should probably look at my tires. Maybe I need to get a new set!

Jay Jorgenson says:
December 2, 2016 at 10:43 am
I love the suggestion about making sure you take into account your driving style and expectations. I like to drive up the canyon to go snowboarding and so I need tires with good tread. This goes for when I want to go driving on the beach as well!

Traci Garcia says:
December 5, 2016 at 7:48 am
Hello! Properly maintained commercial truck tires aren’t just a matter of safety and fuel economy (although that should be enough reason for any owner/operator or fleet manager); it’s a matter of federal regulation.