Let’s look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: FunctionFit, and Value.
Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: VA weather conditions, Glen Allen terrain, Richmond temperatures, etc.

Most new family vehicles in VA come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most VA road conditions – but they aren’t ideal at the extremes.

Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice on highways and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as Richmond temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely better stopping and road-holding characteristics for Richmond drivers than all-season tires in winter weather. Dedicated summer tires enhance warm VA weather performance driving for Richmond drivers.

If you drive off-road around Glen Allen, 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 meet with your Allen Tire Inc. tire professional and examine the function you need to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating you need.

Fit: The easiest thing is to opt for tires in the same size that were installed by the car maker. If you want a different size wheel or tire profile, be sure to work with your Allen Tire Inc. tech so you can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly and don’t rub in bumps or turns. It’s also critical 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 vital 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 usually not be the least costly option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar.

Allen Tire Inc. tire professionals help Richmond car owners with this vital automotive decision. 

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Allen Tire Inc.
5606 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 288-3950