4 Ways to Ensure You’re Buying the Correct Tires for the Family Car
Photo by Robert Laursoo
By Rachelle Wilber
If you need new tires for your vehicle, you’ll want to make sure that you get the right type so that you won’t experience tire problems while driving. You’ll have an easier time choosing the right tires if you consider these four factors when you’re tire shopping.
1. Tire Size
Not all tire sizes are suitable for your family car, so you should check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out the correct tire size. You might also be able to find the tire size information for your vehicle on a sticker that’s located in the door jamb on the driver’s side. Tires that are too big for your vehicle could put extra stress on your brakes or transmission and wear these parts out faster. Additional brake and transmission troubles, as well as speedometer reading problems, could occur if you get tires that are too small. Small tires may also be more susceptible to blowouts.
2. Load Capacity
Whether you’re looking for Nissan tires or tires for another type of vehicle, you’ll want tires that are sturdy enough to handle the weight of your vehicle along with the passengers and items that you plan to haul. If you have a small family with a standard passenger car and don’t haul a lot of heavy items, tires with a lower load capacity will likely be suitable. You should get tires with a higher load capacity if you have a larger vehicle, a larger family size, and haul heavier items for work or road trips.
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3 Tire Classification
Some tires are more suitable for driving in certain weather conditions while others are built for high performance. If you want a standard tire that can fit a car or an SUV, the all-season tire may serve your driving needs well. For winter driving conditions, winter and snow tires provide better traction on icy and snowy roads. Performance and ultra-high-performance tires can be useful if you want something with more grip.
4. Fuel Economy
If you want tires that can give you better gas mileage, you should look for options that are designed for fuel economy. Some tires have their fuel economy information printed on them, but you could also ask the tire dealer to show you tires that can help your vehicle use less gas. To maximize fuel economy, even more, your tires should have the correct air pressure.
No matter how often you drive your family car, it’s important that your tires are able to accommodate your vehicle and driving habits. A trusted tire dealer can help you choose the right tires for your vehicle.
About the Author
Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/people/Rachelle-Wilber/100009221637700/
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