The Importance of Tires

Tires aren't exactly the most exciting part of a car. They're rarely the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a vehicle. Although they may not last as long as other parts of your vehicle, you're certainly not getting anywhere without them. However, saying that they just help get you from point A to B is massively underselling them.

Tires are critical for your vehicle's handling, traction, road shock absorption, load support, and braking force. So, it's important to make sure that they are always in good condition. Find out the importance of tire maintenance and how to get the most out of them.

When It's Time to Change Your Tires

When the tread of your tires gets worn out over time, eventually, it will be necessary to change them. Tire tread is the rubber on the circumference of tire that makes contact with the road. When it is worn out, the tire may be less responsive in rain or snow and will not be able to grip the road sufficiently. Insufficient tread is illegal in most states and can make other parts wear out prematurely.

So, how can you tell when it's time to schedule a tire replacement? Place a penny head first into several tread grooves across and around the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, then the tire's tread is worn, shallow, and needs replacing. If part of Lincoln's head remains covered, then that means that you have at least 2/32 of an inch left of tread depth remaining. This means you probably don't need new tires.

When Should I Contact a Professional?

If you're unsure whether you're checking the tread depth correctly, it's best to let the professionals handle it and make an appointment with a trusted service center or mechanic. Some indicators that you need to contact a professional include:

  • Tires that are older than ten years of age
  • Gashes or cuts
  • Deep cracking
  • Punctures

If your tires have any of these issues, depending on the severity, it's best to avoid driving on them. You may need to bring in your vehicle to a professional immediately. Another reason to contact a professional is when you need help changing your tires, rotating them, and getting a wheel alignment. Wheel alignments have to do more with your vehicle's suspension but can affect the wear of your tires.

When you bring in your vehicle for tire inspections, you can have a professional opinion and the ability to track the condition of your tires. This allows you to plan for the future instead of only noticing when something is drastically wrong.

What's the Difference Between Tires?

The three most common types of tires include:

  • Summer or Performance Tires
  • All-Season Tires
  • Winter Tires

Summer/Performance Tires

As the name suggests, these tires are best for the summer season or performance driving. These tires work best in warm, dry conditions.

All-Season Tires

All-season tires allow smooth driving in both wet and dry conditions. All-seasons wear faster in the summer and are much less effective in the winter. But for the in-between seasons, or if you don't plan on driving much in the winter, they are a solid choice.

Winter Tires

Winter tires give you the best possible traction and control in the winter. They are specially designed to handle snow, slush, and ice as well as resisting freezing temperatures. However, they will wear quickly in the summertime and rumble a fair amount.

Come to Junge Automotive Group for High-Quality Tires and Service

If you're looking for a place to buy new tires or have your tires serviced, then Junge Automotive Group is the right choice. Schedule an appointment today for service or contact our tire center to learn more about your options and which tires are right for your vehicle!


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