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Car & Truck Tires

Tires are truly where the "rubber meets the road" for the performance, safety, and handling of your car. For most people, changing tires is a bother, necessitated by trend wear (the time to change is when there is less than 1/16" of tread left). But for others, tires are a performance enhancing accessory that can improve the handling of their car. And for the rest, it's all about looks.

If you're buying for value, consider the following:

  • mileage
  • traction
  • warranty

Longer wearing tires cost more than tires with shorter wear (but price and mileage do not always correspond, so check the tire's information). Longer wearing tires can make sense if you plan to keep your car for a while; if you time it right, you may avoid having to buy another set of tires. However, keep in mind that the natural elements (heat, moisture, sunlight) do terrible things to rubber (cause it to crack and harden, for instance), so while the tread life may be long, you may not have a chance to drive it that long before the material itself becomes a problem.

Traction is the enemy of tread life because traction means gripping the road, and that means wear on the tread. Similarly, softer ride and other performance capabilities will similarly affect wear of the tire.

Do you need snow tires? Depends on the weather you drive in. "All weather" tires do not have the handling ability of snow tires, so if you think you'll be driving in snow, consider a second set of tires.

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