It's time for new tires. You're a smart consumer, so you want to be sure you get the most tire for your money. The emergence of a number of quality tire manufacturers in the'90s has broadened the market on tires and kept the prices low while quality and innovation continue to improve. These days there are more tire choices than miracle weight loss programs but with a little refresher course on tires, you can trim away the fat and get yourself a set of fairly-priced, safe and durable tires for your car, truck or SUV.

All Those Numbers and Letters
The side of your tire may look like an ancient hieroglyphic text to you. Don't sweat it.

Each of the markings stamped into the side of a tire have a meaning. Some of them will be important to you, some won't. You're probably not worried about the speed rating of the tires for your Prius, but your Porsche 997 Turbo needs go-fat rubber on the road. On the flip side, treadwear ratings are important to your hybrid, since they affect gas mileage and the effect your tires have on the environment.

The Breakdown
As technology has advanced, the tire companies agreed upon a uniform system of describing every aspect of each tire. Lucky for us, they all follow the same formula (except for race car tires which are not legal for street use.)

When to Replace Car Tires?



You need to replace the tires on your car when they have uneven wear that affects the handling of the vehicle or when the tread it worn to the point where you aren't getting the needed traction. If your vehicle isn't in proper alignment you will need to replace your tires very quickly, so be sure to have your tires rotated and your vehicle aligned at recommended intervals.
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