If you’ve driven your car for a while and it looks like new tires are in order, you might be wondering how to determine what tires to use for replacements. Of course, you can choose to stick with the same tires you have or go bigger or smaller depending on your driving style and needs. Whatever you decide, here are a few things to consider:
Some people choose to go smaller, often when they use specialty tires (in winter, for example) for part of the year. Since snow tires get more expensive with size, it sometimes makes sense to aim smaller, like 16 or 17 inches. And did you know narrow tires perform better in snow than wider ones?
A more common option, choosing to replace factory wheels with bigger rims and tires can enhance the appearance and performance of your vehicle. Though large tires add a certain aesthetic to any car, they also have practical appeal. Car and Driver report that large wheels (up to 18 inches) have a positive effect on braking, cornering, grip, steering feel and ride comfort, though they can decrease fuel efficiency and acceleration with the added weight.
Matching Tire Size
If you plan to stick with what you have, there are a few places to look for proper sizing.If you examine the sidewall of one of your tires, you’ll find a series of numbers. These digits, breaking down determinants like tire type, width, aspect ratio, diameter, and load index can be matched online or at your local tire shop to find a comparable product. Note: Some vehicles come with different size tires in the front and rear, so you should always check both for sufficient sizing.
If you can’t make out these numbers, the same data can often be found on the driver’s side door jamb, inside the glove box door, or within the gas tank hatch. There’s a good chance the measurements will also be outlined in your owner’s manual.
The right set of tires can make a huge difference in your car’s efficiency and drivability. Of course, if you want professional help deciding which ones work best for your lifestyle and vehicle, the experts at Checkpoint Motors would be more than happy to offer guidance.
If you live in or near Oregon City, feel free to stop by or give us a call at 503-655-2321. Our fast, efficient service ensures you get back on the road with as little downtime as possible, so call and schedule an appointment today!