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The tires on your vehicle are in a unique position: they take a tremendous amount of abuse every day, they are incredibly vital to the performance and safety of your vehicle, and yet they are also quite easy to maintain and replace. Of course, choosing the right tire shop is just as important as choosing the right tires for your vehicle, in order to ensure that you get the best quality and service that you can rely on. You want to make sure you choose a shop you can trust, with professional technicians and a staff that is trained to meet the highest standards.

Here at Thomas Nissan of Joliet, we work hard every single day to make sure all of your needs concerning your vehicle are properly met. That means we sell a fantastic selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, and we provide factory-trained expert service and maintenance to keep your vehicle on the road. We understand the importance of the tires on your vehicle, and as your tire shop, we offer a tremendous selection of different types, sizes, and manufacturers. No matter what kind of vehicle you have or what kind of tires you want, we are here to make sure you drive away completely happy. Come visit us at Thomas Nissan of Joliet today and let us show you the difference that choosing the right tire shop makes.

Stacks of tires are shown at a local tire shop.

The Importance of Your Tires

Every part of your vehicle is important, and every component is responsible for some aspect of your car, truck, or SUV functioning properly. While there are some things that you can technically go without, such as your air conditioning or stereo system, other parts of your vehicle are absolutely essential. You cannot drive without an engine, transmission, or brakes, and you cannot use your vehicle if you do not have proper tires.

Your tires do much more than simply roll along the ground – the metal wheels they surround could technically do that – they are a vital part of your driving experience. Over the last century, tires have been carefully designed, developed, and engineered to last longer, keep you in better control, and provide as smooth and safe an experience as possible. Whether you are looking at snow tires to get you through the winter, performance tires to make your sports car handle better, or all-season tires that offer the best overall experience, the right tires can really make a big difference in how your vehicle performs.

Of course, the condition of your tires is just as important as having the right tires in the first place. Tires that are worn unevenly or that have sustained some kind of damage not only negatively impact your driving experience, but can even be dangerous. A damaged tire, or one that is heavily worn in one area, is more prone to a blow-out or catastrophic failure of some kind. At the very least, such an incident would be a major hassle that will seriously disrupt your day; but it could also badly damage your vehicle and possibly injure you or your passengers.

A closeup shows gloved hands cleaning the rims of a tire inside a local tire shop.

Prolonging the Life of Your Tires

Tires have a limited lifespan. No matter what you do, you will eventually need to replace your tires as the rubber will breakdown over time. That being said, there are some things you can do to help prolong the life of your tires and keep them in the best condition possible. By keeping these things in mind while you own and operate your vehicle, you can avoid the expense of frequently replacing your tires and make your driving experience better.

Proper maintenance and service are some of the best ways to prolong the life of your tires. Rotating your tires on a regular schedule, having your alignment and wheel balance checked, and keeping an eye on your tire pressure can all help keep your tires in great shape. Failing to rotate and balance your wheels can lead to your tires wearing unevenly, which could lead to premature damage or failure. Similarly, if you do not rotate your tires, then you will wear them down in one area more intensely, causing you to need new tires sooner.

Of course, you can also prolong the life of your tires by driving carefully and avoiding potential damage to them. Watch for potholes in the road while driving and use care to clear curbs when making turns or parking along the side of the road. If you feel or hear something that indicates you might have a foreign object stuck in a tire, have it looked at immediately at a tire shop you trust so that further damage is not sustained.

A closeup shows hands inspecting the treads on a row of tires.

Choosing the Right Tires

You have a lot of options available to you when choosing the tires for your vehicle. There are a number of different sizes, speed ratings, and types of tires readily available. The surest way to know which tires are right for your vehicle is to look at your owner’s manual, which will clearly indicate everything you need to know about which tires that are right for you.

It also helps to choose a tire shop that you can trust, with factory-trained professionals to ensure you have just the right tires. Since you might have a few different tire options that can work with your vehicle, it helps to have someone knowledgeable to turn to. Your particular vehicle, your personal driving habits, and many other factors can all impact the choice of which tires are right for you, so you need someone you can trust to help you find them.


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