You really can’t say exactly when your tires will go bad. So many things can affect them, including how and where you drive. But age and wear will eventually catch up with them. There’s a good reason why the replacement passenger tire market was $26 billion in 2020. However, regular maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your wheels longer and safer.
Fortunately, many tasks are simple and don’t require a lot of money or time. Bear in mind that damaged tires can reduce your gas mileage significantly, making the cost of neglecting regular maintenance even higher. It also poses a safety hazard that puts you and your passengers at risk.
Potholes aren’t just a nuisance. They’re also expensive. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that they cost vehicle owners about $3 billion each year. The repairs aren’t cheap, averaging on average $300 a pop. The freeze-and-thaw cycle during the winter and spring is one of the leading causes of this damage. However, wear and tear also take a toll.
Throughout the process of figuring out what tires your vehicle needs, you might come across what’s called “Load Index” or “Load Rating”. These numbers are indicated on the sidewall of the tire near the tire size and other numbers and letters that display the tire’s specifications.
Everyone can expect to change their tires at some point the longer that they own their car. It’s a necessary part of owning a vehicle. Questions come when you decide how much you want to spend on the replacement tires.
Everyone wants to save money, but will the cheapest tires on the market get the job done?
Since tire needs vary based on vehicle, personal preference, and performance-based needs, buying the right tires for your situation is a priority. At Jack Williams Tire and Auto Service Centers, we carry dozens of the top tire brands so that we can guarantee to find the perfect tires for your individual needs.
Finding your tire size can be tricky at first if you don’t know what you’re looking at, but once you know where to look it’s not too hard. You might need to provide this information when buying new tires, so it’s essential to understand how to locate it and what each of the numbers and letters mean.
As the cold season approaches, you might be wondering if winter tires even make a difference. They do now, but this wasn’t always true. For a long time, they were only good on snow - hence the name snow tires - and if you didn’t live somewhere with heavy snowfall, it was hard to reconcile the cost of a new set of tires for such a specific, often ineffective product. An emergency stop on anything other than snow-covered road meant a near-complete loss of tread and a hole in your pocket.
It’s about that time of year again! The temperatures are beginning to drop, and while you’re thinking about breaking out your winter coat, you may want to consider investing in a set of winter tires, as well. While they’re much better than they used to be, there are quite a few things you need to know about winter tires that don’t necessarily apply to all-seasons.
It’s that time of year when drivers in the northeast start to ask themselves: should I invest in a dedicated set of winter tires or take my chances with my regular all-season tires? The answer to that question depends on the type of weather you are likely to encounter and the road conditions where you plan to drive. Of course, covering all your bases is a good idea since the weather can be unpredictable. Winter storm events have the potential to become more frequent and severe than in years past. Before getting into the details, let’s take a closer look at winter tires, snow tires and all-season tires.
2019 Guide to Driving in Winter Weather Pro tips for safe driving in cold weather conditions from Jack Williams Tire
Taking care of your vehicle and planning ahead for safe travel are important year-round, but especially when it comes to winter driving. There is no denying: we’re in the midst of the typical blustery winter here in the northeast. If you have lived in this neck of the woods for very long, you are no stranger to the cold, icy, and blustery weather conditions that circulate this time of year. In addition to making sure your vehicle is properly prepared to handle the elements, it’s just as important to implement safe driving practices when actually hitting the road in inclement weather. Proper preparation for your vehicle before taking to the road during a winter storm includes: