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Tires 101

tree growing out of a tire

The 3 Rs of eco-friendly tires

Tires are getting greener, thanks to new raw materials, lower rolling resistance, and improved recycling.
Are my tires directional?
Learn what a directional tire is, and the road/weather conditions where directional tires excel.
Does my 4x4 need winter tires?
Even if you have four-wheel or all-wheel drive, you still need winter tires for the best grip and performance.
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.
What’s the mountain/snow icon?
See a craggy, three-peaked mountain and a snowflake on your tire sidewall? Here’s what it means.
Five easy tips to avoid flat tires
Give your tires a little TLC with these five easy tips, and avoid going flat on the road.
Does your trailer need new tires?
Is your trailer ready to roll? Find out before you hit the road, with our helpful infographic.
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.

What people are saying

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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!!!

- Sann from North Carolina