Choosing the Right Tires for Your Car
When choosing new tires consider:
- The type of vehicle you drive
- Where you drive, highway, city, back roads, off road
- Length of daily driving
What type of vehicle do you drive?
Hybrids: Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, BMW i3
To get the best gas mileage from your Hybrid vehicle you must have low rolling resistance tires. The wrong tire on a hybrid vehicle can lower the gas mileage by 7-8 miles per gallon. A low rolling resistance tire is designed to be more fuel efficient by reducing the pull from the road. These tires are engineered with safe but more shallow treads which don’t sink down into the road creating “pull”. They hold their shape with a firmer material design which keeps them rolling at a faster, more efficient rate. A more scientific definition or explanation is: rolling resistance is the force required to keep your vehicle’s tires rolling at a given speed.
Where do you drive?
Road Terrain matters when choosing tires
If you drive mostly highway then you should consider choosing a Touring Tire which is designed for highway and smoother road surfaces giving you a comfortable ride.
Surprisingly, many Performance Tires offer increased safety and a comfortable ride from better tread design. If you live in here in Virginia, Mid-Atlantic or South we recommend an All Season, Performance Tire. If you spend time between off road and highway you will need to find a tire which offers a deeper tread to grip dirt, rock, and loose surfaces while not sacrificing comfort and fuel efficiency on smoother roads.
How much time do you spend driving?
If spend a significant part of your day driving you may want to consider tires that offer a softer ride. The right tires make a noticeable difference in ride comfort. A softer tire will absorb bumps and will keep you gliding along for a much more enjoyable drive.
Always consult your owners manual for the correct tire size and inflate your tires with the correct PSI or pressure per square inch.
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