Extend the life of your tires, know when to buy new ones and make some repairs yourself.

  1. Snow Tires vs. All Season Tires

    Snow tires outperform “all-season” tires under snowy and icy conditions. They’ll give you better traction, more stability in turns and better stopping power. Photo courtesy Getty images/Daniel Loiselle

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Car Maintenance: Make Your Tires Last


    One of the most critical maintenance chores for cars is checking the tires regularly. You'll save money and extend the life of your tires.

  2. Fix a Leaking Tire Valve Stem


    Fix a leaky tire valve in five minutes using an inexpensive valve core tool and replacement cores.

  3. Car Repair: Car Jack Safety


    Learning to properly jack up and support your car or truck before you start doing your own oil changes or making repairs is vital to your safety. Different vehicles have different support points; start by checking the owner's manual.

  4. How to Buy Tires


    When buying tires do your homework. Consider your priorities like traction in snow and rain, tread wear rating, noise, handling and other key factors. Then check the tire ratings for each priority. We walk you through the entire tire buying process.

  5. Learn About Tires


    Ever heard of tire pressure sensors? Or directional tires? Learn what they are and why they're important, along with other facts, tips and curiosities relating to tires.

  6. Buying a Car Jack and Jack Stands


    Buy the semi-pro quality jack and jack stands for strength, safety and easy operation. They're well worth the small extra investment.

  7. Change a Tire: Two Jacks Make it Easy


    Lift your trailer wheel by pulling it onto these jacks. It's quick and easy. No moving parts.

  8. Service Your Spare Tire Carrier


    Loosen and lubricate a corroded spare tire lift so you can get to your spare tire when you need it.

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