Proper Tire Care
Quality tire care is recommended to ensure safe driving. Drivers often think of their tires as having only two conditions: flat and inflated. But all drivers should pay close attention to the condition of their tires, and not wait until they either get a flat or fail an inspection. Your ability to accelerate and stop effectively can depend on the condition of your tires. Wet roads can be difficult for your tires to get traction if the tread is worn down. Only new tires with great treading can avoid tires spinning or hydroplaning when on the road.
Tires can be the unsung heroes of your vehicle’s efficiency. Proper inflation improves gas-mileage and the smoothness of the ride. Also, a fresh set of tires will make your car look good as new. It stands to reason that the better your car looks, the better it will drive. And ultimately, the better you will feel. Improper tire care is a cause for many car accidents. Don’t let rainy weather and horrible road conditions reveal how badly you need new tires. We keep drivers rolling on the best tires and provide them with the best tire service.
Quality Tire Brands
As an authorized Michelin Tire dealer, Mecklenburg Automotive can handle all your tire needs! We stock most cars and light truck sizes. We also offer other tire brands such as: Bridgestone, Dunlop, Firestone, Fuzion, hankook, Kelly, Kumho, Michelin and Uniroyal. Improve your vehicle’s handling, increase tire life, and drive with safety by checking your tires every month to insure that they are inflated with the right amount air pressure. Let our professionals help you find, balance, and mount the right tires for your automobile!
Tire Guide & Tips: Understanding Your Tire
Using the example P225/70-R15, 89H on your tire
- P = Passenger Tire (LT = Light Truck)
- 225 = Overall width of the tire in millimeters
- 70 = Sidewall height (distance from rim to tread) as a percentage of the thread width (known as aspect ratio)
- R = Tire construction, this one is Radial (also, B = Belted Bias, D = Diagonal Bias
- 15 = Represents the size of the wheel in inches
In this example, the tire has the number 89H. This is the weight capacity of the tire. However, in most cases, you will not see this heading on the sidewall.
- A speed rating is sometimes put in front of the R (or B or D). A straight R rating means that it is rated for speeds of up to 100mph. The manufacturer does not recommend this tire for speeds greater than 100 mph. Other speed ratings are: S=112mph, T=118mph, U=124mph, H=130mph, V=149mph, & a Z rated tire is for speeds in excess of 149mph.
- The V and Z rated tires have excellent dry pavement grip/traction but due to their soft rubber compounds, do not have a long life.
- A tread rating indicates how long a tire should last. This figure is written in small letters on the sidewall of your tire. The higher the number, the longer the tire should last. 100 is the basic tread wear rating.
- The traction rating works just like grading - 'A' being the best, 'B' is good, and 'C' is acceptable. This number is also found on the sidewall.