Tires are a big investment, so you want to buy the right type and keep them in great shape to get the most miles for your buck. Follow this advice from the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Dan Zielinski.

Tires are a big investment, so you want to buy the right type and keep them in great shape to get the most miles for your buck. Follow this advice from the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Dan Zielinski.


Tips for buying


• Check the sticker inside the driver’s side door for the tire size recommended by your car’s manufacturer.


• If you have a used car, don’t assume the previous owner put on the right type of tire. Instead of telling your tire shop to replace tires with the same type, double-check that they’re correct for your vehicle.


• The age of your car matters. The older your car is, the less likely your tire shop will have the right type of tire in stock. Call ahead a few days or weeks before you want to buy the tires in case your shop needs to order them.


• Consider your environment. If you live in a rainy climate or drive long distances in the snow, look for tires made for these conditions. If you live in a dry, hot part of the country, consider this, as well.


• Most tire dealers will look up your vehicle and offer you low-, medium- and high-priced options for new tires. All should be safe and reasonable for you to buy, but remember that less-expensive tires might not last as long as higher-priced models.


Tips for care


• Check your pressure.


• Make sure your tires are in proper alignment. If you've hit a pothole or a good-sized bump, or if you feel your car beginning to "pull" in one direction, get your tires realigned.


• Rotate your tires to make sure all four wear evenly. A good rule of thumb is to do this at every other oil change.


• Take care of your treads. Visually inspect these every so often. If you find any cuts or bulges in the sidewalls, get the tires checked.