We understand that getting new tires can be a pain, which can lead to procrastination and driving on worn tires. However, here at Ames Ford located at 123 Airport Rd, Ames, IA, we've built a system to make the process as quick and easy as possible to get you safely riding on tires that are in good condition. And right now you can get new tires for just 5$ over cost! It's the perfect time to get tires for your vehicle before winter hits. Click here to schedule an appointment, or call 515-233-1913, our friendly staff is here to help answer any questions you may have.

4 Reasons to Have Tires That are in Good Condition

Many of us tend to push the limits when it comes to purchasing new tires. You wait until the last minute to get a new set, or you just plain forget until we have to take a tire into the shop to get a puncture repaired and they inform that you need a whole new set. Here are four reasons why it's more important than ever to make sure you're running on tires that are in good condition.

1. Safety

Tires play are essential for the safety of your vehicle, and the safety of your passengers. Most of us don't even think about how our car operates, much less how the tires function. Each tire supports approximately 1,000 pounds (based on an average vehicle weight of 4,000 pounds), more if you're driving a truck. That's a lot of weight. If you have a blow out at high speeds, it could lead to serious problems. Your tires have multiple functions, one of which is traction on paved roads. If the tread is worn down significantly they can't do their job very well, or at all, which means that you're in danger.

2. Efficiency

Your tires also keep your car running smoothly. If your tires are unevenly worn or are out of balance, they can't keep consistent contact with the road, which means your vehicle will use more fuel than normal; which essentially costs you more money. So if you're putting off getting new tires because of the cost involved, you're actually already spending extra money without even realizing it.


3. Performance

As your tires wear gradually you don't even notice that your car is vibrating, pulling, and driving less and less smoothly. Put a new set of tires on with good tread, that is balanced properly, and it's such a smooth ride that it'll feel like you're floating above the ground. Your tires also help your suspension respond to bumps in the road. So when your tires are worn, you'll feel the bumps more than with new tires.

4. Traction

First and foremost your tires need to be able to grip the road in any condition. When your tires are bald and are faced with snow and ice, you won't have as much control as you would with new tires. Good tread depth allows water and snow to pass through so your car stays grounded. Without the tread, the tires will spin and you'll just slip around.

Get the Picture?

So now that you're convinced that you'll feel much safer and your car will run much smoother with new tires, here are four tips to help you keep your tires in good condition:
  1. Check tire pressure regularly. Go to your owner's manual, or look on the sidewall, for your vehicle's recommended tire pressure specifications and check your tires monthly.
  2. Rotate your tires regularly. It's recommended to rotate your tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, however, check your owner's manual. Every time you take your car in for an oil change, have them rotate the tires too. This will keep your tires in tip-top shape by warding off any uneven wear and lengthen the life of your tires.
  3. Inspect your tires monthly. Each month, take a few minutes to walk around your car and check the tires for any wear, cracks, nails, etc. Set a reminder on your phone, or pick a date that stands out like the first of every month for example. If you see anything suspicious, bring your car in for service right away.
  4. Pay attention to how your car feels. Given our busy lifestyles, it's easy to get distracted and forget to pay attention to how our car is running, however, once per week turn the radio off and see if you notice any shaking or dragging when you're on the road.


You can easily identify any tire issues early on by following these simple steps. It's worth the few minutes it takes each month for peace of mind in knowing that you're safe while out on the road. Click here to see our awesome special we have running right now where you get new tires for just $5 over cost! Ames Ford located at 123 Airport Rd, Ames, IA. Call 515-233-1913, our friendly staff is here to help answer any questions you may have. Or click here to schedule an appointment. We're just a short drive from Kelley, Gilbert, Nevada, and Shipley.