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Choosing and Maintaining the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

Back in the days of the covered wagon, tires were bands of metal wrapped around wooden wheels. In 1911, the first rubber and air filled tube tire was used. It wasn’t until 1937 that the first incarnation of the tire we use today was developed. Now we have High Performance, All-Terrain, and All-Season tires – and are just some of the many choices you have to fit your vehicle needs. Sometimes it’s hard to know what type is right for your car. The choice is easier when you know your car and your driving conditions.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road
This is more than a catchy expression. How your car handles, the smoothness of your ride, and even your gas mileage can depend on the health of your tires. The importance of choosing the right ones is paramount. Do you need your car to handle tight curves or be able to drive through sand, rocks, mud, or other off-road challenges? Do you expect to be driving in mostly dry conditions? Are you driving a sports car or an SUV? Your specific lifestyle needs an appropriate set of tires.

Inflation and Rotation
Once you’ve purchased the proper tires for your vehicle, maintenance is key. Tire pressure should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Extreme cold and heat can change the pressure, so be sure to be aware of any extreme changes. You also need to have your tires rotated to insure even wear on the treads. Even wear prolongs the life of your tires, improves performance, and can increase your gas mileage by up to 10%.

You’ve Got So Much Riding on This
So much is riding on your tires. If you don’t think so, take a look in the rearview mirror and see the smiling faces riding in the back seat. Your safety, and the safety of your family, starts where the rubber meets the road. Don’t trust your purchase to just anyone. Turn to the experts who know how your vehicle and the driving conditions that face you. They’ll be able to assess the right tires for your vehicle and driving habits. All-Season, All-Terrain, High Performance? Rest easy. The right tires are out there for you and your vehicle.

You can count on the automotive experts at Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto
Go to http://www.hoganandsonsinc.com for more information.

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