Selecting TiresOct 22nd, 2015
I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get?
Arcadia Farm & Home Auto-Pro Answer:
Let's look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value.
Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: Wisconsin weather conditions, Arcadia terrain, Arcadia temperatures, etc.
Most new family vehicles in Wisconsin come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most Wisconsin road conditions – but they aren't ideal at the extremes.
Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice on roads, and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as Arcadia temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit/7.2 degrees Centigrade. In winter weather, you'll definitely experience better stopping and road-holding characteristics for Arcadia vehicles than all-season tires. Dedicated summer tires enhance warm Wisconsin weather performance driving for Arcadia .
If you drive off-road around Arcadia, there is a wide spectrum of tires from all-terrain (a good mix of highway and off-road capability) to dedicated off-road tires.
The key is to discuss function with a Arcadia Farm & Home Auto-Pro tire professional to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating you need.
Fit: The easiest thing is to purchase tires in the same size that were installed by the manufacturer. If you want a different size wheel or tire profile, be sure to work with your Arcadia Farm & Home Auto-Pro service advisor so you can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly and don't rub in bumps or turns. It's also important to make sure that important safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control aren't adversely affected by the new tire size (the computer may need to be recalibrated to make necessary adjustments).
Value: Note, I didn't say price. The tire that meets all your needs AND has the warranty and tread life you expect will not be the least expensive option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar.
Arcadia Farm & Home Auto-Pro tire professionals help Arcadia drivers with this automotive decision.
Give us a call.
Arcadia Farm & Home Auto-Pro
1475 E. Wilson Avenue
Arcadia, Wisconsin 54612