Choosing the Right Tire for your Vehicle.
November 30th, 2015
Question: I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get?
Allen Tire Inc. Answer: Let's look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value.
Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: weather conditions, terrain, temperatures, etc.
New family vehicles sold in VA come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most Richmond road conditions – but they aren't ideal at the extremes.
Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely better stopping and road-holding characteristics for Richmond than all-season tires in VA winter weather.
Dedicated summer tires enhance warm weather performance driving.
If you drive off-road around Richmond, there is a spectrum of tires from all-terrain (a good mix of highway and off-road capability) to dedicated off-road tires.
The key is to discuss the function you need with your Allen Tire Inc. tire professional to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating you need.
Fit: The easiest thing is to select tires in the same size that were installed at the factory. If you want a different size wheel or tire profile, be sure to work with a professional that can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly and don't rub in bumps or turns. It's also to make sure that important safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control aren't adversely affected by the new tire size (the computer may need to be recalibrated to make necessary adjustments).
Value: Note, I didn't say price. The tire that meets all your needs AND has the warranty and tread life you expect will probably not be the cheapest option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar.
Your friendly and knowledgeable Allen Tire Inc. tire professional will help you with options for this automotive decision.
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Allen Tire Inc.
5606 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Comments:Maggie Allen says:
May 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm
Thanks so much for sharing this advice on choosing the right tire for your vehicle! I really like your tip on choosing the same tire size as the ones that were originally installed. Since the size can really affect your vehicle's performance, I want to be sure that I get a safe option. It's also really nice to know that all-season tires can handle most weather conditions; they sound like a great starting option. Then, if you need the summer or winter option, you can also get those.