Today’s vehicles are safer and more technologically advanced than ever before. Tremendous advancements have been made in their production and design. Tires have advanced right along with the vehicles they are attached to. It’s common to see tires safely last 60k miles or more.
One of the reasons our tires are working so well is that when a new vehicle is designed, a tire manufacturer will often be asked to create a tire specifically to enhance the characteristics of a particular model or trim level. Tires are critical to the performance of a vehicle.
Tires are your vehicle’s only contact with the road, so no matter how good your brakes are, without good tires, you are in trouble.
This means it is more important than ever to research when choosing a replacement tire for your car, truck, or SUV. Size, speed rating, tread design, and load range are just a few of the considerations. Need a Summer Tire? Winter Tire? Mud & Snow? Performance Tire? Going to the wrong replacement tire can quickly affect how your vehicle rides, handles, stops, and even your fuel economy.
I recommend checking with sites:
After researching the websites, speaking with a tire professional is always a good idea. With tires lasting as long as they do, this is not something you will have to repeat for a few years, so don’t rush. Make a calculated and educated choice. Beware of someone trying to make a quick sale.
If you want to hear an interview we did with Tire Rack.com’s TJ Campbell on 05/05/2023 you can learn a lot about the process. TJ is a Tire Engineer and has a gift for explaining these things.
Listen to our podcast with Tire Rack.com here.
Mike Herzing, Let’s Talk Wheel