Gurney’s Automotive is proud to serve you with the tires that best suit your car and preference. But choosing the right tires isn’t always a straightforward decision. There are several things to consider when determining which tires to buy. Because we want you as a consumer to be informed and prepared, we’re giving you the four most important things to consider when buying new tires in NH.
ONE: How many? If you need a single replacement tire because of damage or wear, you should choose one of the same brand, size, speed rating, and line as your other three. This limits your options but is the best decision financially and for your car. If you need two tires because a pair have become ineffective, you should first find out why that pair is performing poorer than the other two. Although this may result in buying some car maintenance, it’ll save you money in the long run by eliminating the problem. After that, you should choose tires that are as similar to your other pair as possible, but maintaining identical matches isn’t quite as important in this circumstance. The most convenient scenario is that all four tires start to deteriorate at the same time. That way, you can buy an entire set of replacements and can choose any type of tire you wish.
TWO: When? It can be difficult to know when your tires are in need of replacement without an inspection. Tires generally generate an adequate amount of traction if the tread is greater than 2/32 of an inch. If it’s down to 2/32 or below, it’s probably time for new tires. However, the climate of NH adds more challenges because of our snowy winters. In snow, tires with tread any lower than 6/32 may be unsafe. In rain, 4/32 is the benchmark. Make sure you know how much tread your tires have and how long you can expect them to stay in good condition.
THREE: What size? If you’re satisfied with the size of your current tires, just check the owner’s manual for your car and request the same size it lists. However, many people like to change their tire size based on differing perspectives on performance. The necessities are determining how much weight your tires need to hold and the diameter of your tires. If your car is too heavy for your tires, you’re going to have problems. A tire’s diameter is important because it factors into the speed data that your car generates.
FOUR: Conditions. Tires in NH need to be able to withstand the elements. That means snow. Lots of snow. But there are other things to consider as well. Do you frequently take road-trips across the region or is your longest ride in the car to Dunkin’ Donuts? Do you drive mainly in rural areas with little traffic or do you need your car to make the occasional trek down to Boston? Whatever the case may be, there are tires that cater to your unique needs. Think about the typical conditions of your car trips and this will help you determine the right kind of tires.
There are a multitude of elements that go into tire shopping. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop by or call us. Gurney’s Automotive is here to serve all of your needs when it comes to tires in NH.