The Make-The Year-The Model: The Tire Story

Can You see Enough of this vehicle to give me an accurate Make – Year – and – model.

This is not the factory paint You are now looking at. The color in this year was a more Charcoal Grey like the bottom sill in the picture.

If You know the answer or even like to take a guess that would be great,  please leave me a comment and I will get back to You, Thanks for now.

Tires Story:

Now looking at the picture of the Vehicle and the driveway and the Tires. These 3 parts of the picture are my focus.

The story starts off on a rainy day,  years back on a late Fall day in October. Cloudy drizzling rain a wet stone aggregate driveway.

First, off the Tires,  I bought for my Vehicle in question were bought in a weak moment of saving money on buying my new Tires. The Tires actually looked great,  nice candy eye appeal.

Picture This:

I have jumped into my vehicle and backed out my 60-foot driveway, heading out for an appointment (Dentist of course) lots of time,  early is always better for me.

Heading on my way, then Oh! darn,  I forgot my wallet. Back I go,  now my time is not in my favor anymore. Up the driveway,  I go rather on the speedy side,  thinking my new Tires and great brakes will stop me just fine.

Well, circumstances of the wet stone aggregate driveway and a speed factor faster than probably should have been and wanting to try out my Tires stopping abilities.

My new Tires just didn’t seem to Meet and Greet the wet driveway like I was anticipating they would for a nice quick stop. Instead,  I slide in a skid into my side aluminum garage door. Thank goodness it was my side and not my wife’s side.

Well, it’s a very unexpected and unnerved situation to be all of a sudden,  a 3rd of my vehicles hood on the inside of my side garage door with the garage door in the (down closed) position. That was more painful than my sore tooth.

My learning lesson here that things (Tires may look good),  the cheap price was pretty much self-explanatory,  but I was looking for the deal. The Tires were cheap, so they had a lower ability to grip as would an expensive Tire.

Hey I just figured out my speed and how far I skidded on my driveway surface. Using a little bit of physics. To Get it See Below

That taught me a good lesson,  to buy good Tires. You don’t get the quality of a Tire with a cheap price dangling in front,  just like those shiny objects that attract one’s attention.

Just felt I should share this experience with You,  so as to hopefully prevent anyone from buying cheap,  so You won’t have any unpleasant consequences present themselves.

If You have a story you want to share,  please leave in the comments box below the little helper, thanks for now…Doug

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10 thoughts on “The Make-The Year-The Model: The Tire Story

    1. Thanks for the comment and of course the Right Answer.

  1. Ola

    So so many useful tips and tricks all on one page! Wonderful! I bookmarked to look further. This is the first time am getting to know the major reasons why the need good tyres.

    I don’t value my tyres before now but i must tell you your blog is an eye opener for me and i now know much about tyres.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tips with us

    1. Doug

      Thanks, Ola for taking the time to view my post. Yes, the more people that understand the importance of the Tire contact to the road surface for the safety of all concerned is very important. It is something that is not always considered, on how your Tires meet and greet the road surface when dry, wet, or snowy conditions prevail. Just talk to the Tire People who sell brand name Tires. Pay a little more for peace of mind and driving with confidence with your brand name Tires. Happy motoring and be safe.


  2. enrique vanegas

    Thank you for sharing ¨The Make-The Year-The Model: The Tire Story¨. Considering what you went through for buying cheap tires, I´ll recommend Hankook Ventus V2- Best All -Season Tire($64.13) Amazon. Why?As you may know from experience finding the right All-Season tire for an affordable price for your car can be tough. For the ones, like me, that do not know much about cars, they all black and round. I decided to work with a mechanic to help choose the best tire within my budget: Hankook Ventus V2This tire is not the cheapest one, but of excellent quality. Remember that the tires are the only thing that has a connection between you and the road, as you painfully experienced. It can be the difference between life and death .Hankook  is a known company for making good tires. This is an all-season tire that will give you good performance in all type of weathers. It uses a Solid rib which enhances the breaking  and gives you a perfect contact pressure to the road and gives you a high- end steer ability of your vehicle.

    1. Doug

      Thanks for taking the time to view my post. Good, advise on the Hankook Venture V2 Tires. I upgraded to the Good Year Wrangler Tires all season and all is good now. I was assured that the contact between the Tire and the road surface in all driving conditions was tested to be on the high-end of meeting safety requirements. I do feel much more confident while driving my family members to and fro and towards the safety of the other drivers out on the road. I need to get a front wheel alignment AND must remember to have the tires rotated every 10,000.



    The vehicle in the photo looks a Chevy Blazer or a Ford Bronco and the year looks like an older model 1985.  Far as tires go for any vehicle it is not wise to buy the cheap ones or the low bargain priced tires especially when you drive you are at a greater risk !  When you purchased the tires did you look at the tire tread as the wear and tear is a vita safety point to inspect?  Did you ask the seller how old is the tire as they will clean and spray them to look like new fooling many customers?  

    The last time I bought tires I looked at the bargain priced ones but my common sense and the risk factor kicked in so I decided to purchase the more expensive tires instead.  You must factor in the weather conditions like rain, sleet, snow, and icy roads, that will have dangerous results with cheap or used tires vs. new ones !  If I decide to test the tires I would go to an empty lot or vacant road would recommend new tires remembering I am risking my life, anyone whose riding with me, and other driver on the road as well !  Thank you !


    Mr. Mark A. Bland Sr, 

    1. Doug

      Hi Mark, you are so close on the vehicle in question (GMC Jimmy 1986) Thanks for posting. Also thanks for giving me feedback on my post. Good points on checking wear indicators on the tires I had bought, I did have them qualified to be brand new. The Quality of cheap Tires could not be insured, also now that I think back maybe its not all the Tires fault. I probably had a lot to do with the skid of the tires because of my hurried driving condition.

      Bottom line here is, for the safety of one’s self and family members and the safety of all others out on the road, one must ensure that what meets and greats the road surface (Tires) enables one to drive with confidence and peace of mind and full on safety.


  4. Paul

    HI Doug, great post and something I can attest to.  I used to have a Commodore, which is a Australian make of sedan in the larger V6 or V8 category.  I went to buy some tyres and was offered a super deal on these new ones that the retailer had just got delivered.  They were half the price of what I normally got – Bridgestone.

    They actually seemed fine for a little while – nice and sturdy and no slippage – that was until they wore just a little.   From that point, they were terrible.  The first sign of trouble was when my wife called to tell me that she couldn’t get up the drivewway – we live in a house with a sloped driveway –  becasue the wheels kept spinning. In short, it was wet and the they simply had no grip on the driveway – they still looked new as they were only 6 months old but they had lost all grip.

    Once they started to slip in the dry I knew the jig was up.  8 months in and I was back at the tyre shop upgrading to decent tyres. 

    Thanks so much for your post  – With a family in the car I cannot agree with your sentiments re cheap tyres more.


    1. Doug

      Hi Paul, thanks for taking the time to give me feedback on my post. You are so right we get what we pay for in our cases cheap doesn’t pay it costs us more money in the end and takes the confidence out of driving and the safety of our families at risk. Its where the rubber meets and greets the road to creating the most positive traction of safety. Happy Motoring and be safe.


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