Tires keep your car on the road and in your control.

The basics

Tires provide the traction that you need to steer and stop. And when it starts raining, the gaps in the rubber channel water to help you maintain that traction.

Normal wear

• Tires lose air gradually under normal conditions.
• The tread wears down as you drive.

What can go wrong

• The tread can come off.
• Potholes or sharp objects can puncture a tire.
• A tire can blow up.
• The wrong tires on your car can cause the car to roll over. Even if a tire fits the rim, it may not be safe.

If you aren't sure that you have the right tires for your car, stop at your nearest Tuffy and have them checked.

Care and maintenance

Today's tires are made better and last longer. Although the initial price is higher, you get more dollars per mile. In fact, new tires can last up to 120,000 miles, so you want to take care of them.

Check the air pressure

You can easily check the tire pressure at a gas station or even at home with a simple pressure gauge. Many blowouts are caused by underinflated tires. Every car built after 2009 has tire pressure monitoring systems, but even owners of newer cars may want to manually check the tire pressure sometimes.

Check the tread wear

The tread provides traction that keeps your car on the road and makes braking possible. The grooves also channel water, minimizing the risk of hydroplaning. You want to look for overall tread wear and also if the wear is uneven. When everything is running perfectly, tread wear should be even.

Rotate the tires

Every 6000 miles or 2 oil changes, you should rotate the tires. Rotating the tires helps them wear uniformly. For the best contact with the road, optimal steering, and decisive braking, all four tires need to be the same.

What do all the letters mean?

Tire ratings are letters, and the letters later in the alphabet are for higher performance. The higher performance tires can be safe for a higher maximum speed, and they are made of softer rubber that wears faster. Each car is designed to work with a specific rating of tire. Although other tires can fit the rims, only the tire rating that is specified for the car is safe to use. For example, a standard tire is T rated.