Northern VA Auto Repair


Tire Sense from Craftsman Auto Care: Tips for the Best Tire Purchase


Knowing your driving habits is the first step to ensuring you purchase the right tires. 

  • Is most of your driving in stop-and-go traffic, or do you regularly make long commutes with higher speeds or shorter trips at lower speeds? 
  • Evaluate how many miles you typically drive in a year and in what conditions you drive

Vehicle Type.  Tires are designed for specific vehicle types, which means there are hundreds of options to choose from. It's important to know the type your vehicle manufacturer recommends and to understand why it matters.  Trucks, SUV’s, sedans and performance vehicles all require a different type of tire. Purchasing the right tires ensures safety, performance, and longevity. 

The type of ride you enjoy should be considered when you pick a tire. For example, do you want a high-performance tire with a stiff ride, an all-season, everyday commuter tire, a climate-specific tire, or an off-road adventure tire?

Tire size.  Many vehicles can accommodate a variety of tire sizes. Check what you're already riding on so, when the time comes, you know what to replace them with. If you aren't happy with your current ride, understanding your driving habits and conditions will help your technician determine the best tire size for you.

Driving conditions. Tires are your only contact point with the road and are key to keeping your vehicle safely under control.  Therefore, it's critical to have the right tires for your driving conditions. Sophisticated advancements in tire technology have resulted in specialized tires that can help you manage even the most extreme environments. Only knowledgeable, specially trained tire technicians can match you with the perfect tire.  Some conditions to consider:

  • Do you regularly drive in snow and/or ice?
  • Are the roads that you travel on have large accumulations of water?
  • Is your vehicle regularly exposed to extreme temperatures?

Be honest with yourself about your driving habits and your budget. how your final decision is truly based on; more on price or performance? Are you shopping for a particular brand?  Purchasing the right tires is vitally important, but with so many factors to consider and options to choose from, selecting the right ones can be overwhelming.  You need a shop with the expertise and selection to match you with tires specifically customized for your needs.  Craftsman Auto Care's ASE-Certified Master Technicians, with access to all tire brands (including Continental, General, Cooper, Uniroyal, Kumho, Michelin, Bridgestone, Firestone, Yokohama, Hankook, Good Year, and Dunlop), are trained to ensure you receive the best tire solution customized specifically for you based on your driving needs, habits, and budget. 

Come to any of our convenient locations, serving Virginia, Maryland and DC, to meet our team, discuss your tire needs, and drive away with the perfect tires.  It just makes sense!