How to choose the right tires

Choosing the right tire | New Smyrna Beach Automotive Service Center

When you get right down to it, no component contributes more to the safety of your vehicle and all who ride in it more than the tires. No matter whether you are simply driving down the road, cornering, braking, or driving through one of the daily downpours we see on the Florida East Coast, the only thing between your car and the road is the four tires on your vehicle. They are responsible for completing a vital link between every aspect of your vehicle’s suspension and the surface of the road. Here at New Smyrna Express Service we carry a fantastic selection of top brand name tires to fit your vehicle, however it is important that you know how to choose the right tires for your vehicle.

Understanding what Type of Tires to Look For

Shopping for a new set of tires for your car can be very challenging when you stop to consider the number of technological advances in both car and tire technology over the past few years. More importantly, given current vehicle technology and modern driving conditions, today’s tires are asked to do a lot more than those of just a few years ago.

However, when you become overwhelmed by the number of choices available today, one of the most important things to consider is ensuring you get the right fitment for your particular vehicle. In other words the tires you choose must be the correct size, and match the required load capacity and speed rating. Buying tires that fail to meet these minimum requirements can put you and your family at risk as these specifications have been carefully set to ensure your vehicle will perform safely under any operating conditions you are likely to encounter.

Important Points to Consider

Along with the specifications laid out in your owner’s manual, you need to take a good look at your driving habits. While you might not need winter tires here, you will definitely need tires that are designed to handle wet roads and rainy driving conditions. A good quality all-season radial tire is perfect for the conditions we typically encounter here, whether you are headed to Disney World, Busch Gardens, or simply commuting to downtown Daytona Beach.

Temperature ratings are very important in our area as the summer temperatures soar to the triple digit mark and the road surface temperatures are hot enough to fry an egg on them. You may ask whether or not you need to spend the extra money on premium brand tires. Consider this, premium tire manufacturers invest far more money in research, development, and testing when they are designing their tires.

Their goal is to develop tires that offer a perfect blend of longevity, traction, and stability to ensure you and your family will always be safe on the roads. You may find that while you will save money on a lesser brand of tire, when you get right down to it, this may not be your best choice. Less expensive tires do not tend to last as long, provide the most effective traction, and are far more likely to fail in the heat of Florida summer’s day.

When Is It Time to Replace Your Tires?

Finally you need to know when the right time to replace your tires is. According to the law, your tires are considered worn out when there is 2/32 of inch or less of tread left. The easy way to check this is to insert a quarter into the tread with George’s head down. If you can see the top of his head, it is time to replace your tires. At New Smyrna Express Service we carry a full selection of top brand name tires in an amazing range of sizes to ensure we have the right tires to meet your needs. Visit us online where you will find great sales, special pricing packages, and coupons to help keep the cost of putting new tires on your vehicle more affordable.

Written By: Jeremy Kiel