How to Choose Tires for Your Car

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Tips

tiresYour tires are arguably the most important part of your car. Think about it, they are the only thing connecting your car to the road. Having well-made tires with proper treads is vital to your safety. That is why you should not take the job of purchasing new tires lightly.

But there are so many different tires!

Yes, there are a lot of them. In order to determine which ones you need to get, you first need to figure out what your needs are and what kinds of conditions you will be driving in. For most people, standard all season tires will be sufficient. They are a perfect combination of keeping your ride comfortable and quiet while handling well in both wet and dry conditions. However, if you live somewhere with extreme weather, you may want to consider several different performance tires or winter tires.

Does it matter which brand?

Most tire brands are going to work well for you. However, Consumer Reports has rated these all season tires the best:

Continental ProContact EcoPlus+
Michelin Energy Saver A/S
Hankook Optimo H727
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred

Okay, so how often do I need to replace them?

Obviously, the amount of time that a tire will last has many variables. The climate where you live and how you drive can greatly impact how long your tires will last.

Generally, though, you should replace your tires every 40,000 miles. Some tires are made to last longer, but this is a good general rule of thumb to follow.

Can’t I just look at them to know when to replace them?

Yes, physically inspecting your tires is another way to know when they need to be replaced. The hard part is remembering to actually inspect them. When inspecting your tires, you are looking for a perpendicular line that goes across the tire. If this line is visible, your tires need replacing. Or you could use the good old penny trick. All you have to do is put a penny in the tire treads and if you can see Mr. Lincoln’s head it is time to replace them.
What can I do to make them last longer?

First off, you can drive defensively instead of aggressively (check out DefensiveDriving.com to find out more). You should also be proactive about getting your car’s maintenance done on schedule, including tire rotations every 5,000-10,000 miles. As long as you inspect your tires regularly and get them rotated on schedule, you will ensure that your tires will get you where you are going safely.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 119309 ratings and reviews.

Siddharth Turaga TX, united states
Easy to navigate
Therese Ledesma united states
Love it, easy to follow.
Britney English None, united states
Great
tracy elms None, united states
very easy
Lorin Taylor None, united states
My experience with DefenseDriving.com was great. Very easy to sign up. Highly recommend.
Daniel Silva None, united states
Quick and easy
Raina ida Flanary-Ford None, united states
Thanks for making this process simple & not so difficult to understand.
Jennie TX, United States
Great experience
Thomas Reiff united states
The website is easy to navigate.
Leslie Holiday Texas, united states
Everything is simple! Just view the video and take your quiz on the video that you completed and wallah!
Tyler Homan United States
It's been very seamless and quite informational!
Gabrielle Jackson None, united states
Easy registration process
Taveres Burrows Jr None, united states
Really easy to sign up and love they have 2 different options for the class.
Ester Salazar None, united states
Easy to sign up for.
michelle perez None, united states
easy to use!
Victor Ledezma None, united states
Great
Ali Texas , united states
The process was simple and fast! Enjoyed it
caleb walters TEXAS, united states
Great course. Very eye opening
Rajesh Tumpala Texas, united states
Good
Lauren Potter None, united states
Easy to use
Linda Toombs None, united states
Easy
Joshua Hatch None, united states
Great
Dakota Kinzley Texas, united states
Very easy to set up and accomplish
Tom Knox Tx, united states
It was interesting and interesting informative.
Cassandra Hammond united states
Awesome
Alexandru Didea None, united states
So far good - sign up for online class was easy.
Christina Mata None, united states
Quick & easy
Juventino Franco None, united states
very good experience
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course