Summer road trips are in full-swing this month. For the safety of you and your family, having the right tires on your vehicle is important so it will perform at optimum efficiency. Quality tire repair is a vital component of car safety, and its importance is often overlooked. Tires are the only four components that touch the ground on your vehicle, and they impact everything; braking, turning, accelerating or wet driving. Make sure that you schedule a tire repair service before you head down the road!

A quality set of tires will offer the responsiveness necessary to avoid obstacles in the road, short stopping distances, and a road-holding grip under both dry and wet conditions. Considering that they can make the difference between stopping safely, or hitting a car in front of you at 30 mph, consider the key question below.

What kind of tires should I look for?

Tire shopping can be a daunting task, especially considering recent technological advances and the multitude of types available for every driving situation. Before you get bogged down, be sure to find the right fitment for your vehicle. You’ll want to confirm size, speed rating and load-carrying capacity. Manufacturers strongly recommend that replacement tires meet all of the specifications of the original.

Before making your purchase, have a list of priorities-whether it’s wear, longevity, performance or price. You’ll then want to ask yourself some questions regarding your tastes and driving style.

  • Do I need summer, all-season, or winter?
  • What are my driving conditions and what kind of performance level do I want? Off-road, all terrain, highway, or highway all-season?
  • Are premium tires worth the cost? These are generally manufactured using higher standards, whether through design and testing, casing construction, effectiveness of their design for a specific application, ability to balance (consistency), stability and wear resistance. Premium products are often a better value, due to their performance, expected mileage, customer support and warranties on tire repair.
  • Do I want green tires? Eco-conscious manufacturers have made their tires ecologically friendly by using citrus-based orange oil-a renewable resource which enables petroleum to be replaced with natural rubber.

Protect your investment… and your safety!

Now that you’ve installed your new set of tires-what should you do? Protect your investment with a proper service, including a four-wheel alignment, rotation, check tire pressure, and for uneven wear, which may mean a necessary tire repair for an alignment or shock issue.