How to Know When to Buy New Tires

November 20, 2015

Your car’s tires are among the most essential safety features for as long as tires have been invented. However, not many motorists realize this as a fact. Tires, after all, are the only point of contact that your car has on the road. The strength and quality of your engine or your brakes are both dependent on the performance of your tires.

While having your tires replaced may initially seem like an unnecessary and grueling expense, it’s actually an extremely important part of car maintenance. Doing so will increase your safety and driving comfort. But if you don’t know whether or not you should buy a new set of tires, here are some tips to get you started.

Before anything else, find out whether or not you actually need new tires. There are prescribed number of years for how long you should use your tires before using a new set, but this recommendation is only a standard. It all still depends on the frequency, duration and method of use. So to find out whether or not you need new tires, do a quick visual inspection. If you note some tread wear, damaged sidewalls or any noticeable bulging and discoloration, this only means you need to get a new set.

There are some damages that may have been caused by some issues of the car itself so it’s also important to assess whether your vehicle is still in good shape. For instance, if your tires have notable uneven wear, this might indicate that your car has suspension or alignment problems. If this is the case, simply purchasing and installing a new set of tires on your car with its alignment and suspension issues will only prove to be useless as the new tires will quickly wear.

To save yourself from unnecessary cost, bring your car to a Bridgestone service center and have your car inspected and repaired. Upon proper inspection, your trusty Bridgestone dealer will be able to recommend the best type of tire that’s compatible with your vehicle as well as your lifestyle. But if you decide to buy new tires on your own, don’t forget to refer to your car’s owner’s manual to help you make the choice.

Your car comes with an owner’s manual which includes everything you need to know about the car model that you own. This includes a recommendation about the type and size of the tires that suit your vehicle. Refer to the manual when you buy a new set of tires.

Your owner’s manual or information placard is usually attached to the edge of your door, in your glove compartment or the lid of your trunk. If, for some reason, you don’t have an owner’s manual, contact your car’s manufacturer and they will sell you a replacement. You may also ask your dealer or check your manufacturer’s website. Once you have your hands on the manual, don’t lose it. Always keep your owner’s manual for future reference as it contains important information that you may need in case of an emergency.