“Good tires. It cannot be understated how much quality rubber can make to your car.
“I spent my youth being cheap as I had to. If I needed new tires, (because the wires were starting to poke through my old ones), I’d hit the local used tire shop and buy just a pair for front or rear as needed.
“One day, years ago, I was getting ready for a trip that I had planned for months. The morning of, I come outside to see a giant blister on the side of my little Ford Fiesta’s tire. Well crap...
“I immediately take it over to the local tire center. Unfortunately, they were out of stock of the ‘economy’ line for my car. They only things they had in stock were a pair of higher end Continentals in my car’s size. The tire guy even said, ‘I can just order you the Ecos. They’ll be in a few days. No sense in spending almost twice as much for the Continentals. Those are pretty high end’.”
“Since, I had to hit the road within hours, I bit the bullet and said, ‘Just give me the ones you have in stock’.
“Holy crap... The difference in how my little ecobox felt and handled was crazy. It turned into a go-kart. It would stick like glue to any asphalt. I even turned off the TCS, and it made no difference.
“I have never skimped on tires on any car I have owned ever since.”
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Only, on this occasion, those desperate measures became a habit for life.