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If you seek comfort and Handling
Touring tires help provide excellent dependability on wet and dry pavement. They offer a balance of smooth and quiet ride with performance handling.
If you drive a sports car, or look for handling and performance... High-performance tires are designed for use at higher speeds in dry and wet weather. They have a softer rubber compound for improved grip, especially on high-speed cornering.*
If you drive a pick-up truck or an SUV... Light truck tires help provide durability and traction in adverse off-road conditions. On the flip side, SUV tires are ideal for on-road, comfort-tuned SUV applications.
If you own a commercial vehicle... Commercial light truck tires are designed to handle driving through dirt, mud and everyday wear and tear from commercial applications.
Ensure that your new tires meet your needs. Think about not only the typical conditions, but also the worst conditions you foresee driving in. What performance criteria are you looking for? For example, is wet traction more important to you than cornering capability on dry roads? The more you can tell your dealer, the easier it will be to find the right tire for your needs:
Winter tires are designed to perform in cold, icy, wet and snowy weather. They are optimized for handling and traction under wet conditions, but can be used in dry conditions as well.
Most automobile tires are all-season tires. These tires satisfy the needs of most road conditions. They have the deep water channels for wet traction, but also harder rubber compound for greater tire life in warm weather.
Off-road tires are ideal for drivers who take their vehicle off the road and do limited on-road driving. These tires have stiffer sidewalls for greater resistance against puncture when traveling off-road. The tread pattern offers wider spacing than an all-season tire to help remove mud from the tread.
* Exceeding the safe, legal speed limit is neither recommended nor endorsed.
Speed Rating*: The speed rating tells you the top speed at which the tire can operate. Speed ratings range from Q (lowest) to Z (highest) with one exception: the H rating falls between U and V.
To maintain the speed capability of a vehicle, use replacement tires with ratings equal or greater than those of the original tires.
Mud & Snow: The letters M and S indicate that this tire meets the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association’s standards for a mud and snow tire. The letters can be found in the following combinations: M+S, M/S, and M&S. All-season tires carry this mark.
Note that a separate, severe snow marking appears on winter tires that are designated for severe snow applications.
Tips: Never choose a tire that is smaller than the tire that came with the car. If you are interested in a size other than your vehicle's original equipment, or are upgrading, consult your local tire retailer.
   For front or rear wheel drive vehicles, we recommend mounting the new tires on the rear axle to prevent an unstable over steer condition. When purchasing a single new tire, it should be paired on the rear axle with the tire having the greatest remaining tread depth.
   If you must use radial tires with bias-ply tires on the same vehicle (not recommended), the radial tires must always be placed on the rear axle. Never mix radial and bias-ply tires on the same axle.
For 4-wheel drive vehicles, if no instructions for tire mixing appear in the vehicle owner's manual, adhere to the following guidelines:
     Do not mix radial and bias ply tires
     Outside circumfrence of all four tires should be with in 1 and 1/2 inches of eachother
     Do Not mix tread patterns such as off road and all season.                                  
      Proper tire care and safety is simple and easy. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommends getting in the habit of taking five minutes every month to check your tires, including the spare. Check for:
  • Alignment
  • Rotation
  • Tread

Traveling with Your Car

The following tips are from the Better Business Bureau.

   Preparing your car for travel is very important. Make sure your car is ready for the trip by checking all vital fluids such as the oil and coolant, and by visually inspecting your car for anything that looks out of place. It is always a good idea to double-check the coolant hoses and all belts on your car. Failures of these items are among the most common reasons that cars break down; but fortunately, they are inexpensive to replace.

   Also, check your car's battery for signs of corrosion or cracks. If the battery is the "self-diagnosing" type with an indicator, make sure it is fully charged. An older, weak battery may fail without much warning. If your battery has cracks, the fluid could leak from one or more cells, rendering it too weak to start your car. If you are taking an extended trip, or if your car has not been serviced recently, you should have it checked by a reputable mechanic before leaving. A good mechanic can usually spot the problems in advance, and advise you on how long you can delay a repair and what the consequences of not immediately repairing your car may be.

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