Why the Right Tires are So Important

Most motorists never think about it, but the right tires may actually be the most important part of your car. After all, your tires are the only part of the car that actually touch the ground, and are critical to acceleration, braking, turning and handling. Lose even a single tire, and your whole car is immobilized. Choosing the wrong tires can seriously affect performance and stability, so here are some tips to help you make the right choice when its time to shop for new tires. 

-Different tires require different amounts of air pressure. It’s always best to check the owners manual or the sidewalls on your current tires to be sure you’re inflating your tires properly. Keep in mind that most cars require different pressure front and back, and be sure the air gauge you use is an accurate one. The wrong pressure can affect tire life and even your gas mileage.

-Each tire supports 1/4 of the total weight of the car, so if your car, truck or SUV weighs 4,000 pounds or more, then that means each tire is supporting more than 1,000 pounds, all on just some rubber filled with air. 

Directional Tires may be the right tires for your vehicle-Many modern tires are “directional”, and must be installed and rotated properly for proper traction in wet driving conditions.  If installed backwards they could hydroplane easily on wet pavement, leading to a dangerous loss of control. With pros like the folks at Eugene’s Tires, you can be sure that this detail will not be overlooked, but to be sure that your tires were installed correctly, check the directional arrows on the tires which indicate the rolling direction of the tires you riding on.

-Different types of cars require different kinds of tires, so be sure to buy the right tires for your vehicle. Don’t be tempted to buy car tires for a 4×4 SUV or sports car tires for a truck, even if the size seems “close” or if the price is good. On the other hand, many dealers and big box tire retailers will try to convince you that you need to buy OEM tires like the ones that came with your car, or a similar or upgraded model tire, but experts like the folks at Eugene’s Tires can help and advise you on high quality but economic replacements from a variety of manufacturers.

-You may want high performance tires for your sweet ride, but keep in mind that these tend to wear more quickly than standard tires. High performance tires will likely hold the road better at high speed, but the trade off is that the stickier rubber compounds used in these tires wear out much faster.

-Your tires are actually an extension of your car’s carefully engineered suspension system. When they get worn out, are too big or too small, or are improperly inflated your tires may wear out prematurely,and your car may ride rough, or even be dangerous.

What you need to know is that if you don’t have the correct, properly inflated tires on your car, it will never ride the way it was engineered to. It is also especially important to get the correct size and type of tire if you have installed aftermarket or larger wheels on your car. Don’t trust your comfort and safety to just any tire salesperson: stop in and ask the folks at Eugene’s Tires what would be the best blend of quality, performance and price to keep you running down the road in style!

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6525 Jefferson David Highway, Thornburg, VA.
Located on Route 1 Right off Highway 95 Exit 118 just past Spotsylvania
(540) 582-2222
Open Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
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