As summer begins to move into Fall, it’s a good time to check your vehicles tires. Fall is one of the busiest tire seasons of the year for tire replacements and there a good reason why. Winter is coming. Being proactive and replacing worn tires before the roads turn to ice and snow is much better than waiting until you’re stuck in a snowstorm.

The Basics You’ll Need to Know

When shopping for new tires, there are some basic pieces of information you’ll need to know. Two of the most important are tire size and the type of tire you’ll need for your vehicle. The first, tire size, can be found stamped on the sidewall of your tire and is typically also listed on the door of the driver’s side. Within your tire size code, the type of tire and the load capacity will also be listed. The tire type is designated by P for passenger, LT for light truck, ST for special trailer, and T for temporary (spare) tires. The last number in the code represents the load index, which is the maximum weight each tire can hold.

Once you have the basic facts about what size and type tires your vehicle needs, you’ll then be choosing from a good, better, and best rating system for tire quality. How long you plan to own the vehicle and how much you drive will help determine where you will want to fall on the good, better, best spectrum.

The Good, Better, Best System

Tires under the good category are made of basic raw materials, have simple designs and components, and have the most noticeable performance tradeoffs. They are also the lowest price tire. Better rated tires are in the mid-range cost. They have some performance tradeoffs and made from higher quality raw materials than good tires. Best rated tires boast state-of-the-art designs, high quality components, minimal performance tradeoffs, and tend to wear better than the other tire types.

At Auto Works, we understand what you have riding on your tires. Give us a call today with questions regarding your tire replacements.