Whether choosing all weather tires or selecting tires for winter weather it is important to consider wheels and rims when selecting the best tires for your vehicle. Wheels and rims are more than an aesthetic enhancement for those giving their vehicle a stylish design, but rather one that is a safety matter. The type of wheel you select, as well as tire size, must be selected according to safety standards and manufacturer’s design. To stray from these industry guidelines, could mean to sacrifice safety and well-being of yourself, your passengers, and other motorists on the road. Under no circumstance should wheels and rims be altered as this can greatly affect the stability of your steering as well.
Altered wheels and rims are not just a safety hazard but they can also cause your manufacturer’s warranty to become null and void. This means that should your vehicle become involved in an accident, you may lose benefits you would otherwise be entitled to. Ensure that you know the correct tire size for your vehicle and choose wheels and rims according to the standards set forth by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
It is imperative that motorists regularly check the tread on their tires and replace them as needed. Tires should be rotated on a regular basis and proper air pressure should be maintained at all times. When the tread wears away, the entire vehicle’s stability is in jeopardy. Look for signs of worn tread, such as worn out spots, tread that is less than 1/16th of an inch deep, and use the penny test. The penny test allows you to determine quickly whether a tire’s tread has worn away to a dangerous level. To perform the test, take a penny, and put in between the grooves of the tire’s tread. Make sure that the penny is upside down, so that president Lincoln’s head is pointing face down in the tire. If you can see the top of President Lincoln’s head then the tread has worn away to a dangerous level and the tires need to be replaced.
When choosing tires, wheels and rims make certain that all four tires on the vehicle are of the same type and size. Those who use various types of tires or have different sized tires on their vehicle will have an unstable vehicle that cannot handle traction in the same manner. Make sure that you understand how to read tire and wheel size and choose the best tires for your vehicle accordingly. You will need to choose the type of tire and ensure that it is the right fit and design for your vehicle as well. The majority of tires sold today are radials, but other styles, such as bias ply and belted bias are still available. Choose the best tires for your needs and understand what tires is radials, belted bias, and bias ply and which are not.
Other factors to consider include the wheel size, the load range, speed rating, and traction. Those selecting tires, wheels, and rims are the stated maximum air pressure the tire must have. This figure is often indicated in pounds per square inch or (PSI). Never have more air pressure in your tires than the maximum amount as indicated on the tire. You can find the maximum air pressure listed on the side of the tire with the PSI initials next to the number. You can find the recommended amount of air pressure for your tires in your vehicle’s manufacturer’s manual.
Once a motorist has a thorough understanding of the tires, wheels and rims that are needed to ensure their vehicle remains safe, they can begin to find wheels and rims that have a style and design that will add to the cosmetic appearance of the vehicle. Select four matching tires, wheels, and rims to ensure they match and choose from stylish designs that you find appealing. There are package sets available that will ensure your vehicle has a complete, finished look.