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Tips for Selecting the Right Tires
When it's time for a new set of tires, choosing the right tires for your vehicle is as easy as knowing what, where, and how you drive. Follow these three easy tips for choosing the right tires for your vehicle, and at the right price for your budget.
Tip #1: Know Your Vehicle Make, Model & Tire Size
Whatever your vehicle type, you can guarantee there's a tire that's built for it. Narrow your search by only comparing tires that fit your vehicle. Check your owner's manual for tire recommendations, or use our handy widget to narrow your search by vehicle type. Some drivers choose to replace their tires with tires of the same size, as your owner's manual likely recommends. Other drivers prefer to upsize or downsize their tires. A driver may select a lower profile tire in order to improve the handling and stability of their car, especially if they drive a smaller vehicle. Other drivers upsize their vehicle's tires to improve the vehicle's overall appearance or to maximize the vehicle's load carrying capacity. Upsizing is most commonly seen on trucks and SUVs. If you'd like to explore the different tire possibilities for your vehicle, give your local Wheel Works a call and talk to one of our certified technicians. They know tires!
Tip #2: Pick Tires Made for Your Climate
If you live in Florida, it's not likely you'll be needing studded snow tires anytime soon. In Colorado, though, you can be sure you'll need them for a good portion of the year, and maybe even all-season tires for year-round comfort and versatility. When evaluating your driving conditions, think about where you live (countryside vs city) and the kind of unexpected weather you're likely to experience. Many drivers who live in states that experience all four seasons choose to purchase two sets of tires: one for the summer and one for winter, in order to truly maximize their vehicle's performance during both seasons. Other drivers prefer to purchase one all-season set to limit trips to the tire shop and make sure their vehicle is prepared in rain, sleet, snow, or sun!
Tip #3: Put It All Together: Understanding What, Where & How You Drive
In addition to considering your vehicle type and the climate you typically drive in, think about the type of roads you frequently use and how you like to drive. Are you an avid off-roader that yearns to pioneer new paths? A sports car enthusiast with an itch for speed? A highway commuter that needs to maximize fuel efficiency? Each of these drivers could benefit from a different type of tire, despite their vehicle type. For example:
The avid off-roader...needs a tire that can handle dirt, gravel, stone, sand and more, and may want a bigger tire with stiffer sidewalls and a wide tread pattern to help prevent punctures and maintain stability in uneven road conditions.
The sports car enthusiast...needs a tire that's ready for tight turns and quick acceleration, and may want a tire that has high-speed capabilities and special heat-resistant rubber.
The highway commuter...needs a tire that's reliable, comfortable, and efficient, and may opt for a fuel-efficient low rolling resistant tire.
Contact an auto care expert at your local Wheel Works for help selecting the tire that's right for you, or get started by browsing tires that fit your vehicle. Refine your search by brand, price, type, rating, mileage warranty, and more! You're only a few clicks away from finding the tire that's perfectly suited for you and your vehicle.