It’s safe to assume that you put a lot of time and effort into choosing what kinds of shoes are best for your feet. After all, your feet support most of your body weight and any issues with your feet can throw off how your entire body feels, performs, and functions on a daily basis. As such, you know how important it is to choose the right footwear for the right occasion. You wouldn’t wear high heels or dress shoes to the gym or while playing a sport, just like how you wouldn’t wear sneakers while trying to shovel an icy driveway. These same principles can also be applied to choosing the right kind of used or new car and truck tires for your vehicle.
Your car’s tires are a lot like the shoes you wear in terms of supporting the entire weight of the vehicle and having a direct impact on its performance. Unfortunately, may drivers and car owners underestimate the importance of tires, especially in comparison to other auto repair services. When having a professional, friendly mechanic or a local car repair shop service your vehicle, they can tell you when you need new tires while they’re performing other auto repairs on your vehicle. Although you might be tempted to put this off, it’s important to heed their professional advice and input.
Sure, buying a completely new set of new or used tires can be expensive. But the benefits provided by a new set of wheels in terms of tires are priceless and a worthwhile investment. Here are just a few reasons why.
Improved safety and performance
Most cars today have a plethora of safety features, such as fancy back up cameras, the ability to stop before you can, blind spot notifications, smart seat belts, and more. But one of, if not the, single most important safety feature your car has is its set of wheels! Tires are an integral part of the overall safety and performance of your car, and the wrong set can lead to a variety of problems, many of which can lead to accidents. If your vehicle isn’t able to maintain traction on the road because of the wrong tire size, pressure, or type, this dramatically increases the chances of an auto accident while decreasing the overall performance of the car and causing a bumpy, uncomfortable ride.
Better fuel economy
Did you know that your tires could slowly be burning a hole in your pocket in terms of fuel costs without you even knowing it? Having the wrong kind of tire or ones that aren’t properly inflated decrease your vehicle’s performance which in turn causes it to work harder and use more fuel than necessary. This means that you could be making more trips to the fuel pump than you want to, which takes a toll on your finances, your vehicle, and the environment itself. Although many vehicle manufacturer’s like to claim their vehicles are the most fuel efficient, you can improve the fuel efficiency of any vehicle simply by keeping the tires properly inflated.
Less wear, tear, and repairs
If you don’t have the right kind of “shoes” for your specific vehicle, you could be causing or accelerating unnecessary wear and tear on both the tires and your vehicle, not to mention your patience. It’s just like how wearing the wrong foot wear can lead to other health problems in your body, such as back, neck, and joint pain. The wrong kind of tire can have a similar effect on your car, so it’s important to know which kind of tires are best for your make and model of car. You can find this information in you car’s owner manual or you can consult with an experienced mechanic.