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Tires are your vehicle’s only contact with the road. In regard to safety, you want to have the greatest grip on the road possible. New tires might be in store for you if you find that the trend on your tires is running low. Check the depth of your treads with a penny. When placing Lincoln’s head pointed down into the tread, if all of his head is visible, the tire is worn out and considered no longer safe to drive on.

A Quick Guide to Buying New Tires

Before you buy your new tires, take the following into consideration:

  • The number of tires. Commonly, you replace all four tires at the same time, but occasionally you may find you only need to replace two tires that have worn out at an unusual rate or replace a damaged tire. You may also want to purchase a new spare.
  • Size of tire. You need a tire large enough to carry the weight of your vehicle, and the tire diameter needs to fit on your vehicle’s specific wheel size.
  • Typical driving conditions. Do you commonly experience any extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain or snow while driving? Or will weather conditions typically be sunny on your drives? The type of tire you have on your vehicle makes all the difference when the weather is slippery or slick. Do you primarily drive on pavement or dirt roads, interstates or twisty roads? The tread on your new tires should fit your typical driving conditions.
  • Price and value. Estimate how many miles you plan to drive with your new tires, and calculate the price of each tire per mile. Is the amount you save today by purchasing the less-expensive tires worth it when comparing the price per mile? Also take into account the warranty on the tires. Does the warranty change the value of the new tires?

Here at Lindsay Tire Automotive & Accessories, we want you to feel comfortable with the purchase you are making. Stop by our shop or give us a call, and we can answer any tire questions you may have.