Common Tire Misconceptions

So we all have our understandings on how new & used tires work & everything, but let me go ahead & tell you all about the most common misconceptions people have about those new & used tires on that lovely little car of yours.

1. All-Season Tires are better on wet roads than Summer Tires.
So here’s the thing, the All-Season Tire trades their wet-road traction for the enhanced mobility in snow & in those horrible subfreezing temperatures. There is a lot that goes to designing a tire like this, like improving the tire performance of a certain tire - a tire can only perform so well; you know? There are tires called “Ultra-High-Performance” tires that are All-Season & offer drivers a better grip on wet roads than your typical high-performance summer tire.

2. A lot of tread left means a lot of life left.
There are some situations where the tires can reach their limit by not even doing that much work. There is usually a recommendation that you hear from a lot of manufacturers that recommend you replacing your tires every 5-6 years; regardless of how deep the tread is. If you want an example, here : a tire that’s like 7-8 years old is like a human that’s 65 years old. Even if the guy looks like he’s in great shape, he shouldn’t be playing & running with kids that are in their early 20’s .. do you get it? If it’s super hot outside - like 105 - it can be deadly to both the 65-year old guy AND the tire.
Here’s a way to tell if you need to replace your tires : on your tire, there should be something that’s stamped “DOT”. After that, there’s going to be 4 letters stamped like “4508”. That means that it was manufactured the 45th week of 2008.

3. The tire is going to burst if the “max press” is exceeded.
If you have a new quality tire, it shouldn’t burst if you exceed the max press by a large quantity. BUT if your tire is damaged in any way, then you’re pretty much out of luck.

4. “Max Press” means the proper inflation pressure.
Now-a-days, the government requires for the recommended pressure to be on a placard on the driver’s doorjamb. If you inflate the tire more than what the manufacturer recommends, it’s obviously more susceptible to damage when you run over those pot holes. If you can’t find the recommended pressure, then I highly suggest you look in your Owner’s Manual & search until you find it because I don’t want you getting a flat on the freeway.

5. The budget-brand tires are the same as the brand-name tires .. just cheaper.
I can put this in one sentence : You get what you paid for. Here’s the difference, the big-brand tires have something to live up to, which is why people prefer their brand. When you buy it store-brand, that just means that they produce the tires so they meet legal requirements .. not necessarily so much because they are they best tires made for cheap.
In other words, or to summarize, just be sure to do some research on the wheels that you want to buy before you actually buy them. There’s no need to spend more money on something because you didn’t do research. You can use that money on something more practical - like shoes. If you need any help, just go ahead & visit & we’ll be happy to help you.