What kind of tires do I need to have put on my car?
Your vehicle’s manufacturer has recommended specific tire sizes for your car and minimum performance requirements. What they don’t tell you is what type of tread to be running. We install lots and lots of tires on cars. We have for years. While we do live in “sunny” California, we also have inclement weather from time to time. This usually means the roads suddenly can be wet without warning. If you live in far Northern California, having a tire rated for ice and snow may be a consideration, but in the bay area, one rated for rain is likely a good choice.
Drastic conditions on the roadway can have a dramatic effect on the drivability of your vehicle. Having tires that are capable of venting extra water, for instance, can be very useful during a sudden rainstorm. Having a tread pattern that allows water to “squish” out from under the tread, creates a better situation, where as dry weather tires can actually trap water, making a slippery road even more so. Will it cost more? Given the typical frequency of tire purchases, probably a lot less than you think to get the right tires for your vehicle.
Stop by for a tire inspection and we will be happy to make a recommendation based upon your vehicle and typical use.