Your car’s tires are important. They support the car’s weight, send traction and brake force to the road surface, and absorb the shock from bumpy roads. To ensure the tires can do their job properly, you should inspect them periodically. Things to check include the tread depth, wear, air pressure, and signs of damage and deterioration. In some cases, tires can be repaired, but some problems require buying replacement tires. Fortunately, if you live in Athol, new tires are easy to get when you visit Knudtsen Chevrolet in Post Falls.
Tread depth is important. The tread provides the traction needed to allow the car to drive safely in wet conditions. The grooves in the tread channel water away from the surface of the tires. If the tread is worn, the grooves can’t keep the water away from the tires’ surface. This causes hydroplaning, a dangerous situation where the vehicle rides on a layer of water instead of the road. Hydroplaning may cause the driver to lose control of the car and can lead to an accident.
If you’re not sure how to tell if you need new tires near Athol, an easy method to check your car’s tire tread makes use of a penny. Push the penny into the grooves on the tire’s tread with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If the tire tread hides part of Lincoln’s head, the tire is good. Otherwise, the treads aren’t deep enough and will need to be replaced.
Another sign that it may be time to replace the tires is their age. Even if the tread doesn’t look worn, some tire manufacturers advise replacing the tires after six years, while others suggest replacing them after 10 years. Check with the manufacturer if you’re not sure when to replace the tires, or bring your car to the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Department. We’ll inspect the tires and give you our recommendations.
Some of our customers ask us which type of tire is best for their vehicle. If you’re happy with the way your vehicle rides and handles, we recommend purchasing the same tires that came with the car. These tires were designed for your vehicle, and you’ll be assured of a good fit. If you’re not sure which tires came with your car, check the owner’s manual.
When replacing your tires, keep in mind that all tires aren’t equal. There are many tire brands available, and each one offers a different level of quality. Select a high-quality brand, and you won’t go wrong. Check to see which tires are best for the area where you live, the type of weather conditions you drive in, the way you drive, and your budget.
Visit our website’s Tire Finder page to find the right tires for your car. Enter the year, make, model, and tire size. You’ll discover a variety of tires for your vehicle. Or visit our Service Center and talk with one of our staff members, who will be happy to recommend the best tires for your car.