The Importance of Tire Care

The Importance of Tires

Tires aren't exactly the most exciting part of a car and they're rarely the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a vehicle. They may not last as long as other parts of your vehicle, but 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, vehicle load support, and braking force. Much more can be attributed to your tires than you may have known or expected, so it's important to make sure that they are in good condition, stay in good condition, and are suited for the driving conditions. Find out how important your tires are 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 away over time, eventually, it will necessary to change them. Tire tread is the rubber on the circumference of tire that makes contact with the road. As it is worn away, 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? 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, meaning you probably don't need new tires.

When Should I Contact a Professional?

If you are unsure if you are checking the tread depth correctly or if you just want to let the professionals handle it, then it's a good time to 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, you may need to bring in your vehicle to a professional immediately or even avoid driving on them. 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).

Bringing in your vehicle for tire inspections makes it so that you can have a professional opinion and the ability to track the condition of your tires, allowing for 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 either the summer or performance driving. These tires work best in warm, dry conditions.

All-Season Tires

A little of this, a little of that, all-season tires allow driving in both wet and dry conditions comfortably. 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 since 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 the tires that are right for you!

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