Let’s look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value.
Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: CA weather conditions, Ukiah terrain, Ukiah temperatures, etc.
Most new family vehicles in CA come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most CA road conditions – but they aren’t ideal at the extremes.
Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice on expressways and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as Ukiah temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely better stopping and road-holding characteristics for Ukiah auto owners than all-season tires in winter weather. Dedicated summer tires enhance warm CA weather performance driving for Ukiah car owners.
If you drive off-road around Ukiah, there is a spectrum of tires from all-terrain (a good mix of highway and off-road capability) to dedicated off-road tires.
The key is to speak with your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair tire professional and think about the function you need to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating you need.
Fit: The easiest thing is to pick tires in the same size that were installed by the auto manufacturer. If you want a different size wheel or tire profile, be sure to work with your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service advisor so you can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly and don’t rub in bumps or turns. It’s also vital to make sure that important safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control aren’t adversely affected by the new tire size (the computer may need to be recalibrated to make necessary vital adjustments).
Value: Note, I didn’t say price. The tire that meets all your needs AND has the warranty and tread life you expect will commonly not be the least costly option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar.
West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair tire professionals help Ukiah drivers with this important automotive decision.