You've got your truck the way that you want it but what about the tires? Choosing tires for a truck can be a challenge, especially if you've undergone some modifications. Here's what you need to know about choosing truck tires and making sure that they last.
Seasonal Tire Changes: Summer and Winter Tires
What are summer and winter tires for? What's the difference? In some areas, such as those that have mild winters, you don't need to change your tires on a seasonal basis. Winter tires are designed to grip the road more efficiently when the roads are cold and potentially covered in ice. Summer tires are designed to grip the road more efficiently when the ground is warm or hot.
There are also all season tires which are designed to perform well in all weather, but they still aren't going to be very effective during more extreme weather conditions. Because of this, all season tires are generally used in places with moderate climates.
Determining the Life of Your Truck Tire Tread
One of the easiest ways to determine whether a tire needs to be replaced is to take a penny and to stick it in the tread. If the head on the penny is entirely visible, then the tread has worn down enough that the tire needs to be replaced. This penny test can be used on most types of tires, but you may want to replace a tire faster in areas that have more dangerous or erratic weather conditions.
Otherwise, the life of your tire is going to be based on the number of miles that your truck runs, the load that your truck carries, and the environment that you're driving in. In general, it's best to invest some money in making sure that you have selected the right type of tires.
Lift Kits: Which Tires Do You Need?
When you lift a truck, you generally also install larger tires. Not only is it part of the aesthetic of a lifted truck, but it is also necessary to improve upon the truck's maneuverability and handling. A wheel and tire combination will be recommended by the custom body shop when they lift the truck, and from there it's only a matter of finding the right set of tires for your driving habits and your driving environment. Either way, the truck tires are going to be larger.
The easiest way to get answers about your truck's tires is to go to the professionals, as every driver, and every truck is unique. Chillicothe Truck and Accessories can help you with getting the best set of tires for your vehicle, just come by the shop today.