Question: I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get?

Smiths Auto & Truck Service 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: PA weather conditions, Bucks County terrain, Doylestown temperatures, etc.

Most new family vehicles in PA come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most PA 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 Doylestown temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely better stopping and road-holding characteristics for Doylestown vehicles than all-season tires in winter weather. Dedicated summer tires enhance warm PA weather performance driving for Doylestown .

If you drive off-road around Bucks County, 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 ask your Smiths Auto & Truck Service tire professional and the function you need 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 Smiths Auto & Truck 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 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, We 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 option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar.

Smiths Auto & Truck Service tire professionals help Doylestown with this automotive decision.

Give us a call – (215) 348-9459