Here's a few important things you should know when purchasing new tires. Make sure they are the correct size for your vehicle. This information should be on the door jamb on the driver’s side and in the owners manual.
One of the most important things that is often overlooked is when the tire was manufactured. Try to get all tires manufactured within a few months, or the same year. You wouldn’t want to purchase 3 new tires that are a few months old and one that is 4 years old when replacing all 4 tires. It may start to dry rot in a couple of years.
(this tire was made in the 10th week of 2016)
I recommend purchasing the lifetime balancing, rotating and alignment if you plan on keeping the vehicle for many years. It will pay off in the long run.
Here’s a few tips to get the most performance and longevity out of your tires.
- Rotate tires every 5,000-7,000 miles. This will help tires wear at the same time.
- Always put new tires on the back axle. It will help drivers keep control of their cars on wet roads. It doesn't matter if you're driving front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. If you lose traction in the rear first, the car's going spin. Physics always wins.
- Keep tire pressure at the recommended level. Low tire pressure can cause tires to lose their grip on wet, rainy surfaces. How much pressure do your tires need? Look for the number in your car owner's manual or on your car door.
- Check tire pressure on a regular basis. Check the pressure at least once each month.
- Check tire tread depth regularly. This will help keep good traction on wet roads. An easy way to check tread depth is to use a quarter inserted upside down into the tire groove: If you can see above Washington's head, start shopping for new tires.
- Get the alignment checked at least once per year, or after you’ve hit a curb or a large pothole. An alignment that’s out of tolerance will wear out tires faster. Misalignment is the major cause of tire wear.
- Check your spare tire. Often never remembered is the spare tire. Check it every so often.
- Car jack. Do you have one? Do you know where it is? Do you know how to use it? Is it the correct jack for your car? Might be a good idea to check.
~ Drive Defensively ~