How to Test and Find the Right Tires
Tires are one of the most critical safety components on your automobile. Being the only part that touches the ground means that tires carry a large responsibility. Whether it is stopping before striking an object or dodging a pothole the tires can save your vehicle.
Check your Tread
A tire's tread is one of the most critical components of vehicle safety. While race cars may have slicks for best traction and speed these tires are not well suited to riding on roads that are not tightly controlled. Consumer tires have grooves that pass water and all forms of detritus by design. It is important to inspect these treads regularly for when they wear too low you will be risking a blow out.
The Right Size
The sidewall of your tires has a code written on them. These "tire codes" record a host of specifications. For your average tire buyer it is simplest to match these codes as buying a tire with different codes may result in having a tire that does not fit. Some numbers and letters may seem innocuous but are important as they decide everything from the tire width to the load rating.
Tires need to placed on the rim. If you have never done this yourself it is a good idea to have a professional shop do the install. Doing it personally involves not just lifting the car but placing it on jacks, removing the tires and even installing the tire stems. Unless you are serious about working on your car putting new tires on is not as simple as an oil or spark plug change. This is why professional help is useful.
Tires require maintenance. The two biggest forms are inspection and rotation. Rotation every 5000 miles can spot potential problems. This ensures even wear and tear. Inspection should check whether the tread is wearing thin or "balding". This is critical as a blowout may occur with excessive wear and tear.