Tires 101

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The 3 Rs of eco-friendly tires

Tires are getting greener, thanks to new raw materials, lower rolling resistance, and improved recycling.
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Negative Camber and Performance Tires
Why would you run negative camber, and what effect does it have on tire and vehicle performance? Learn the basics about negative camber here.
How long do Motorsport Tires last?
Got your eye on a set of motorsport tires? First you should know how long they’ll last.
All-Season Tires versus Summer Tires
Consider your climate when it comes to choosing tires.
All-Season versus All-Weather tires
The very real difference between All-Season and All-Weather tires.
Your sidewalls say a lot
Learn how to recognize and read the data on your tires.
Summer tires – do you need them?
Sunny weather & warmer temps may dictate summer tires. Learn more.
Eco-friendly tire technology
In the past, tires were environmental enemies – but now, the tire industry is changing its ways.
Trailer tires: Radial vs. bias-ply
Which is best for your trailer and hauling needs? Learn the pros and cons of radial and bias-ply trailer tires.
What’s included with new tires?
We get it – tires are expensive. So if you’re worried about extra costs, check out this article.
Are my tires directional?
Learn what a directional tire is, and the road/weather conditions where directional tires excel.
Two new tires – front or back?
Only need two new tires? Find out where to mount the new tires for the best traction and performance.
What does “UTQG” mean?
Along with the mileage warranty, this treadwear rating may help you predict how long a tire will last.
Build a DIY tire storage rack
Check out this time-lapse video and watch us make a simple tire rack for storing extra tires.
Frequently asked questions
Have questions about your order, our products, payment options, or shipping policies? Find the answers here.
Tire anatomy and construction
Ever wondered what a "carcass ply" is? We'll peel back the tread and show you what's underneath.
Tire glossary
In an effort to demystify the world of tires, with its confusing terminology, technology, and "tirespeak," we present the TireBuyer Tire Glossary.
Improving your fuel economy
Gas prices are still sky-high, so let's talk about rolling resistance and how you could save some $$ on gas.
Tire disposal fees we collect
Nobody likes fees, but at least these fees go towards finding new uses for recycled tires. That's cool.
Your tire's contact patch
True or false? The part of a tire that contacts the ground is only about the size of your hand.
Intro to run flat tires
If you've ever gotten a flat in the middle of nowhere, it's easy to see the appeal of run-flats. But are they really all that?
Original Equipment tires vs. replacement tires
Is it best to stick with your car's Original Equipment tires, or try something different? We'll help you decide.
How tires are made
It's complicated, there are multiple layers, and you can't have it all. Are tires just like relationships?
DOT Tire Identification Number
It isn't fun, cool, or even remotely exciting. But it can be pretty useful, once you know what it is.
5 tips to avoid flat tires
Give your tires a little TLC with these five easy tips, and avoid going flat on the road.
How to avoid road trip perils
From running out of gas to toilet troubles, we’ll help you avoid these common highway hassles.
Fixing your car: DIY or mechanic?
We outline which vehicle maintenance tasks are easy to tackle on your own - and when to call in a pro.
Prevent tire cracking/dry rot
You can’t always protect tires from the elements, but here are some things you can do to prolong tire life.
When to replace tires
Should you wait until your tires need replacing to consider changing them? Here’s a quick guide.
All-Season Tires versus All-Terrain Tires
Making sense of the All-Season vs. All-Terrain decision.
You can’t get far on a flat. But how long can you drive on a spare?
Here’s some guidance, and things to consider.
How to determine the age of your tires
Know how old your tires are? Here’s a quick way to find out.
What to do when a tire blows out?
Tire blow outs aren’t common, but if the unlikely happens to you here’s some practical advice on how to deal with the situation.

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Tire buying experience was excellent. Tires and related items were as advertised. Installation was simple - schedule time, arrive at location, tires installed, transaction complete. Very Easy!!!

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