Six Mistakes You Don't Want To Make When You Buy Tires

Posted on: 9 March 2018

Motorists need to realize that their tires are one of the most important components of their vehicles when it comes to safety.

Having tires that are in good condition minimizes your chances of being involved in an accident. This is especially true with accidents in hazardous driving conditions like on wet or icy roads.

The following are six mistakes motorists need to avoid when purchasing new tires to keep their vehicles in good shape and stay safe on the roads:

Forgetting to rotate tires as necessary

Tires wear out at different rates depending on whether they are located at the front or rear of the vehicle. That's why tires need to be regularly rotated so that tires in the front or rear don't wear out  too quickly.

When you have your tires replaced, it gives you a good opportunity to evaluate where your new tires should be placed and whether it's time for a rotation. 

Choosing a mismatching set

The more uniform your tires are, the better. Tires that cause a vehicle to rest unevenly on the road surface can lead to mechanical issues in your vehicle and also make your vehicle less safe to drive.

It's best to avoid the temptation to drive on mismatched tires because they are cheaper than buying a full set of the same exact tires. 

Failing to make sure that the size is right

Your vehicle manual should include a section on tires that indicates what size tire is best. You should be aware of this manufacturer recommendation and always follow it to avoid safety and performance issues. 

Replacing tires without correcting alignment, suspension, or breaking issues

If your vehicle is suffering from alignment, suspension, or breaking issues, it could cause your new tires to wear out prematurely once you start driving around with them.

For this reason, you should have any mechanical problem elsewhere in your vehicle repaired before you have your new tires put on if possible. 

Not having new tires properly inflated

Proper inflation is important for safety and also maximizes the lifespan of new tires. In the days after your tires are put on, you may want to check your tire pressure a few times and make sure it stays at the appropriate level. 

Choosing high performance tires for regular driving

A lot of motorists make the mistake of assuming that high performance tires are going to last longer. This is not necessarily the case.

High performance tires will be more expensive than regular tires. It's important to realize that they are designed for race cars and are not necessary for normal vehicles. They normally wear out just as quickly as regular tires when they are on a vehicle doing everyday driving.