How To Choose Tires
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WHAT ARE YOUR TIRE PRIORITIES?
Choosing a good set of tires is about more than brand name and price. It’s also about knowing your driving habits and preferences and how certain types of tires perform in various road and weather conditions. Every set of tires comes with its own strengths and weaknesses, so knowing your priorities is the key to choosing a set you’ll be happy with. Below are a few ways to approach your choice.
CHOOSE BY SEASON OR WEATHER CONDITIONS
Staying safe on the road depends on having tires that are made for specific climate conditions. If you’re driving in an area where temperatures don’t go below freezing, summer or all-season tires are equipped to handle both wet and dry roads. If you expect severe weather, including icy conditions and lots of snow over the winter months, winter tires are a must. For areas that experience all four seasons, it’s common—and recommended—to switch between two types of tires to meet the demands of the conditions.
CHOOSE BY DRIVING STYLE
Are you a laid-back driver who prefers a quiet ride, or are you more interested in precise handling and control at higher speeds? With a lower speed rating compared to high performance tires, most touring tires are the obvious choice for passenger vehicles that will mostly be travelling on city roads and highways. If you’re interested in going fast and feeling every curve, performance or high-performance tires are engineered with a tread that provides superior traction and grip at high speeds. The right choice for you depends on whether you’re driving to get from point A to point B or you’re driving because you love being behind the wheel.
CHOOSE BY ROAD TYPE
Consider the types of roads you’ll be driving on most of the time. For mainly city driving, braking distance, fuel economy, and longevity might be top of mind. If you’re going to be doing more highway driving, think about comfort, road noise and handling that prioritizes grip and stability. If you expect to be doing some off-roading on dirt, gravel or muddy terrain, off-road and all-terrain tires are built to maximize traction in unpredictable conditions.
When do I need a new tire?
Replacing only one of your tires is generally not recommended, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Issues like wheel alignment, over- or under-inflation, or a worn-out suspension can cause uneven wear. That could mean you’ll need to replace one or two tires but not the whole set. Check your vehicle's owner’s manual to learn if your tires are recommended to be replaced in sets, pairs or individually. Inspect your tires often for signs of uneven wear.
The most reliable way to repair a tire is the combined patch-plug method. A tire can be patched twice if the holes are at least 16 inches away from each other, the puncture itself is repairable and if it falls in a repairable area of the tread. If the tire is damaged in multiple places too close or needs to be repaired a third time, it’s time to replace the tire.
How do I choose the right tires for my vehicle?
Choosing the right tires for your vehicle starts with the type of vehicle you drive. Next, you’ll want to narrow it down to the type of tire: all-season, winter, performance, summer, all-terrain, touring, mud-terrain, spare tires. Once you’ve narrowed that down, you’ll need to know what size your vehicle needs. You can find that number in the driver side door jamb or manufacturer recommendations in your owner’s manual.
How many miles should tires last?
A set of tires should last anywhere between 50,000 and 60,000 miles on average. The type of tires as well as factors like driving habits, weather conditions, and maintenance routine will all have an impact on tire longevity.
How much do new tires cost?
The cost of new tires can vary anywhere from $100 to $1000 per tire depending on the tire. It can be easier to keep track if you replace all your tires at the same time as a unit.
Performance and mud tires are generally the most expensive. Winter tires can also be more expensive because they are engineered especially for extreme cold weather. If you’re looking for a ballpark, browse our selection of tires.
FREE SERVICES INCLUDED WITH EVERY TIRE PURCHASE
Our tire experts created a way to match your vehicle and your needs to the right set of tires. We’ll show you a few tires that match and tell you why we chose them for you. It just takes a few minutes to get your tire match.
Once you find a tire you love, you can buy them online and schedule an appointment to get them installed, safely from your home.
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ALL TIRES ARE BACKED BY OUR TRIPLE PROMISE
We promise that the services we perform will be fixed right the first time. If the automotive repair or service was performed improperly, then we will re-perform the service at no additional charge to you, during the established warranty period.
The Priced Right promise guarantees that Firestone Complete Auto Care will match any locally advertised price on tires. If you find a better price within 30 days of purchase, we'll refund you 200% of the price difference.†
RIGHT ON TIME
We value your time: if your vehicle is not ready at the time we promised, we will offer a 10% discount on your next purchase (discount cannot exceed $25.00).‡
(1) This guarantee extends to the Customer, within thirty (30) days after the date of purchase, a refund of 200% of the difference between a competitor’s current, delivered non-sale price and the price of the same tire purchased from a Bridgestone company-owned store. Customer must provide a current, local advertisement. This guarantee excludes wholesale, clearances, closeouts, catalogs and rebate prices. Excludes our Buy 3, Get 1 Free offer when compared to a competitor's individual tire price. Can be compared to competitor's Buy 3, Get 1 offer. The retailer must be an authorized reseller of the product and selling it through their own, non-auction channel. This refund is not to be combined with any other offer or used to reduce outstanding debt.