Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Difference Two More Lug Nuts Can Make

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How much of a difference can two lug nuts make? A lot. Whether you drive a 2017 four-door sedan, a special order truck, or a rolling piece of history, two lug nuts could make all the difference in your next trip.

Replacing Front Tires

Most of us don’t replace all our tires at the same time. Usually, only the front two or back two tires get an upgrade during one trip to the tire shop. Choosing to replace the front two tires, is usually more important than replacing back ones. This is thanks to the number of cars featuring front wheel drive. It’s great when all tires grip slick roads and hold together after a puncture, but the fact of the matter is, not all drivers can afford that luxury. That makes it especially important to make sure the guiding wheels have the good tires. Rear wheel drives have the same issue, of course, just in reverse.

A couple of adapters and two more lug nuts allow you to choose tires based on performance rather than lug nut count. In regions with harsh winters, heavy rain, or other unique climate conditions, good primary tires are especially important. Since tires come in so many different varieties, it’s entirely possible your preferred tire isn’t available to fit your car or truck. Large trucks with custom work, face this problem more often. With one or two more lug nuts per wheel, you open up a whole new range of opportunities.

Antiques and Special Orders

The sad truth is, the more unique your car is, the less tire manufacturers will consider it when they’re making new products. In fact, the more uncommon your vehicle is, the more likely you are to face a situation like the one described in the point above. Adding space for two more lug nuts could be the only way you’ll find tires that fit. While it’s always possible to have tires custom made, this is a very expensive process. In truth, unless you plan to race your antique car, using an adapter to allow more lug nuts is perfectly safe. It’s also a vastly cheaper alternative to having custom tires built to fit your antique or specialized vehicle.

You might use recreation, antique tires for car shows and special events, but tire technology has honestly come a very long way in the past couple decades. By keeping those show tires on your vehicle when you’re actually driving your vehicle, you’re taking an enormous risk. All it takes is a sudden shower and one driver ahead of you who doesn’t believe in using turn signals to wreck your ride. A few more lug nuts and modern tires can be the difference between a short bout of road rage, and a call to the insurance agency.

How safe are your tires? Are the right tires available with the right lug nut layout? Never sacrifice your safety when you could be driving on better tires. Two lug nuts may not seem like a big deal, but they could keep you out of a costly accident.

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