In the market for new tires? They’re never a cheap investment. So before you take the plunge, here are a few things you should consider.
When to Replace
Consumer Reports recommends you shop for tires when the tread starts to approach 4/32 inch in depth. The following signs are also important aspects to note:
- Bubbles or bumps in the side wall
- Uneven wear in the tread
- Time of year (It’s better to have a fresh set of tires as winter approaches than get them in the spring, after the more treacherous weather is over).
- Age of tires
How Many Tires Need Replace
Was one of your tires damaged from a stray nail in the road or an accident? Has the tread on two of your tires worn more quickly than the others? If you need to replace less than all of your tires, your replacements should be the same type as your remaining tires.
Additionally, if two of your tires have worn-down more quickly than the others, ask your service technician for the reason behind the damage. Given proper alignment and frequent tire rotations, tires should wear fairly evenly. You’ll want to get the existing problem remedied before you invest in new tires and anything else is harmed.
Your Driving Style and Conditions
Think about the worst conditions you expect to encounter. Do you go off-roading? You’ll need tires with a tough sidewall to avoid puncture. Do you live in a climate with wet or icy roads? Your tires will need enough traction to be able to handle the environment. Different tires are designed to performance under different situations. Choose the tires that will handle the most extreme conditions you are likely to find.
At Jiffy Lube of Indiana, we’re here to help. If you need assistance, just stop by your nearest Indiana Jiffy Lube. Our certified technicians can check your tires, alignment, suspension and steering for any problems and help keep your vehicle in shape for the road.