By Jessie Forand
There are so many different tire categories, from ultra-high performance (UHP) tires designed to ensure performance vehicles handle flawlessly at high speeds to highway tires built to provide a smooth, comfortable ride and predictable handling.
It’s important to work with a professional tire technician to decide which tires are best suited for your vehicle and style of driving.
If you’re looking for balanced performance on varying surfaces — from hot and dry to cool and wet — you would be happy with the Nokian zLine A/S UHP, designed to perform safely and precisely in variable conditions.
One of the easiest ways to extend the life of your tires is to regularly check them for correct air pressure. Low and uneven inflation will cause a host of problems for your vehicle, including poor handling, driving discomfort, increased fuel consumption and an overall unsafe driving experience.
Tire pressure should be checked once a month and always before longer trips. Make sure to check tire pressure before hitting the road because driving causes tires to heat up and air pressure to increase. Consult the vehicle’s manual for proper inflation pressures.
Tires with inadequate tread are disposed to poor handling, hydroplaning, reduced gas mileage and more. In fact, tires are considered legally worn out when they reach 2/32 of an inch.
Don’t worry, though, it’s easy to check your tires’ depth and put your mind at ease before hitting the gas.
A penny and a match are both easy tools to check your tread depth. Stick the penny, facing you, upside down in the tread on multiple spots around the tire. If Lincoln’s head is completely visible, your tread is too worn and you should replace your tires. Similarly, if you stick the head of a match in your tread and the tip is not completely hidden, your tread is too worn.
These are both warning signs of worn tread – you should consider new tires before reaching this point.
The best way to know if your tires are ready for the road is to talk to the people who know best. If you’re lucky enough to live by a Vianor location, they are a part of our network, with new locations opening throughout the Northeast.
Don’t live near a Vianor? No fear – check our dealer locator for other professionals close to you.
Sometimes when you’re traveling, the best preparation practices just aren’t enough. Choosing a premium product like Nokian Tyres will help you on your way, but if Mother Nature happens to strike, it’s best to know how to react.
Always keep in your vehicle a tire pressure gauge, jack, spare tire and how-to guide book to help you stay cool and collected under pressure and in the heat. Stocking up on flashlights, emergency contacts and a few snacks to make sure you don’t get hangry on the road is always a good idea, too.
Now that you know what to do – what are you waiting for? Hit the open road and don’t forget to tag us in your pix! We love featuring Nokian Tyres drivers and living vicariously through your adventures.