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What You Need to Know Before Getting New Tires

Even the best tires from your local auto repair shops will wear out at some point. According to Consumer Reports, tires typically last between 55,000 to 85,000 miles. Fortunately, getting new tires doesn't need to be a hassle. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for new tires.

Know Your Driving Environment

Tire manufacturers design tires for different environments. The tires you need depend on where you live. If it's dry and warm, you'll need different tires than if it rains or snows a lot. 

In places that experience all four seasons, like Michigan, it is common to have snow tires for the winter months. Snow tires provide more traction in poor weather conditions. However, you will need to switch those winter tires to all-season tires once spring arrives.

Depending on your specific needs, switching your tires can help ensure your safety on the road. When driving on roads that are wet or covered in snow and ice, it is important to have good traction from your tires! Even with good tires, it's important to drive safely and maintain them regularly by rotating them.

Consider Treadwear Ratings

First, you need to know approximately how many miles your current tires will last. Tires typically offer a treadwear rating, which will give you a general idea of how long the tires will last. Unique driving circumstances can vary greatly from these estimates. Regardless of the estimated mileage, always monitor your tires for signs of wear or more severe problems.  

Consider how often you drive, and how far you drive. Families who take road trips throughout the year may need their tires replaced more frequently compared to those who only drive locally. Daily commuting to work or daycare contributes significantly as well. That said, keep our lifestyle in mind when considering treadwear ratings. 

Additionally, you’ll also want to pay attention to the treadwear length. Generally speaking, a longer estimated lifespan is better when all other things are equal. Still, there may be circumstances in which buying tires with a shorter treadwear length could make sense. It’s smart to speak with the experts at your auto repair shops to get custom advice and insights based on your situation. 

When you need tire replacements, look no further than our team at Johnson's Automotive Repair. Our team can measure your tread depth, so you can know for sure whether or not your tires need replacement. We are also glad to help you find the best tires to suit your needs and lifestyle. Contact us today to start the process!

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