Without the modern day wheel, motor vehicles would occupy our imaginations almost exclusively. While most other vehicle components have many feasible alternatives, there are very few reasonable replacements for the good old rubber tire. I’ve found that when most people think about purchasing, replacing, or installing new or used tires on their vehicle, they consider it a hassle.
Yes, it’s probably more exciting to buy seat covers that match your neon green paint job, but the importance of purchasing effective and durable tires should never be made light of. Many drivers would even chose to save a few bucks by going with a cheap or used tire…if it fits on the car and is filled with air; it’s good to go (not). Very few people will actually take the time to research the best type of tire for their style of driving, the local terrain and road conditions, and other small factors.
Everything ranging from size to color can be considered in your tire-shopping experience. Give your car a personality; while cosmetic features are far less important than performance features, I believe that if you’re going to invest in tires, you should do it right the first time. “How do I do that?” you make ask. They don’t teach you how to choose the right tires in high school, that’s for sure.
New vs. Used Tires
Purchasing the best wheels for your wheels is no easy task. If money is short, time is ticking, and your car is running on a flat, purchasing a used tire is often times the only solution. You grind your teeth, hand over the cash, and receive exactly what you paid for; a cheap, already-worn piece of rubber that is likely to fail on you in the near future.
However, it’s not unheard of to get a great deal by any means. There could be a used tire emporium just minutes from your home that’s selling a full set of lightly used whitewall tires with stainless steel spinning rims for fifty bucks. That situation would require some serious luck though. On the other hand, browse through the inventory of a dealer selling brand new tires fresh out of the factory and you’ll be overwhelmed with options. Often times, you may not even know the definition of the terms used to describe flashy new tires.
It quickly becomes comparable to picking out the cell phone that you’ll soon be contractually stuck with for 2 years. You’ll want to make sure every feature meets your wants and needs. Even deeper into the thought, that very cell phone may become the accident-causing distraction that makes you wish your tires were as good as they could (or should) be. The safety and well being of you and your family lies not only on your driving abilities and car condition, but also very heavily on your tires. After all, they are normally the only part of your vehicle that makes contact with the road.
Choosing the Perfect Tire
Selecting a new tire or set of tires for your vehicle is a task that should be all but rushed. Take time choosing the one(s) that’s right for you, and use this short checklist to assist you in your choice:
- What time are the tires needed?
- Is this a “same day” situation where a tire has gone flat and you need the car as soon as possible? Perhaps it’s simply wearing and tearing faster than you’d like and you’re planning to replace them in the near future?
- The tires you purchase should correlate with the seasonal weather and road conditions that will be most commonly present for the time being.
- Natural wear and tear is important to notice. Checking every month can remove the element of surprise and allow you to choose when and where to replace your tire(s).
- How many tires are required?
- Believe it or not, unless all of your tires are 100% identical, where you place them on your vehicle does make a difference.
- Replacing only one tire? Try your best to match it to the other three.
- Replacing two tires? Move the old two to the front and mount the new ones on the back. Having two worn tires on the back can cause a vehicle to fishtail if it hydroplanes which is exceptionally difficult to recover from.
- What size tire fits your vehicle?
- It’s likely that the tires currently on your vehicle are the size recommended or declared fit for it. This doesn’t mean you can’t change them.
- For smaller cars, choosing a smaller sized tire can often improve handling and overall ride quality. Likewise, large trucks and SUVs see improvement in vehicle performance by choosing larger tires that cover more ground.
- How expensive of a tire can you afford?
- If you can afford it, buy it. Don’t go cheaper to save money unless you are presented with an unquestionably fantastic deal. Most times, there’s a reason cheap tires are as cheap as they are. Investing in a full set of brand new, road gripping, deep treaded tires could mean the difference between a car accident and a fender bender.
- What are the fine details and features of each tire?
- After finding the perfect line or model of tires to fit your needs, there may still be some options to choose from before finalizing your choice. Pay attention to speed/performance ratings and compare the candidates thoroughly before making the financial commitment.
Tires and Personal Injury
While tires are just one aspect of a motor vehicle and a relatively uncommon direct cause of motor vehicle accidents, they do play a role in making our roads safer to travel. For example, a car accident caused by an exploding tire could have been avoided if the driver was aware of the importance of regularly examining and maintaining them.
Here at Dolman Law Group, we strive to educate the curious minds of our neighbors and bring awareness to the unavoidable force of human error. Sadly, no matter how hard we try, we cannot completely prevent all personal injury; instead, we fight to ensure the fulfillment of rights and fair treatment to victims of negligence and fight to secure the financial compensation they deserve.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or lack of care and attention, contact the experienced personal injury and civil liability attorneys at Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida today for a free consultation and case evaluation at 727-451-6900. For more information on personal injury law and your rights pertaining to such, visit our website at www.dolmanlaw.com.
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Clearwater, FL 33756
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