As cold weather approaches, now is the ideal time to think about replacing your tires. Although it depends on how often and how far you’ve driven, replacing your tires gives you better handling, better control, and even better fuel economy in some cases. Choosing the right tires doesn’t have to be difficult.
According to Edmunds, you should look for uneven wear patterns and bald spots as indicators of bad tires. The law usually requires that you replace tires when they’ve worn down to 2/32-inch of tread depth, but that’s fairly dangerous. Consider replacing tires when they’re down to 4/32-inch. A tread gauge is easy to find at any auto parts store.
Tire selection ranges from off-road tires, all-season tires, and winter tires among others. Each has an advantage, but unless you live in the snow belt or plan on tackling some tough trails, all-season tires are often the way to go.
How many tires should I get? When buying a complete set of tires, you have the most flexibility, and can basically get whatever you want. If you’re buying two tires (or one, in a rare circumstance), you should always match your other tires as much as possible so there is no uneven wear or lopsided traction. If you have more questions about finding the right tire for you, stop by and see us in our Service Department!