Ridesharing and tires: making the right choice
By: Discount Tire
It’s the age of the side hustle. For many of us, that means using our car (and our time) to make some extra cash: delivery, pickup or “Uber-ing” and “Lyft-ing” folks across town.
For some, ridesharing has gone beyond additional income and become a full-time job. Like any business, preparation is required and maintenance of the tools of your trade is necessary. Ridesharing is no different.
Transporting people from one side of town to the other will take a toll on your vehicle, and in particular, your tires. Check out our tips to boosting your rideshare biz and keeping you and your customers safe!
Back to the basics
As a rideshare driver, safety should be your number one priority for your passengers.
It’s necessary to keep your rideshare vehicle in tip-top shape by staying up to date with mechanical inspections per your local laws (as well as the rules of the company you’re driving for). In addition to being safer, a well-tuned vehicle will continue to provide a smooth, quiet, comfortable ride for your passengers.
Like brakes and oil changes, your tires and wheels need the same TLC. Every day before you begin accepting passengers, check your tire pressure to avoid flats or blowouts while on the road. Also, check the daily weather conditions, because you want to be sure your tires are up to the challenge. Discount Tire offers free air checks and tire inspections so you can be out and about on the road safely, without even needing to get out of your car!
But don’t stop there. Make your vehicle match your sunny disposition and customer service-oriented attitude. Seriously, start off with a car wash and then keep your vehicle fresh and clean with some air freshener, paper towels and standard cleaning supplies. But don’t forget about keeping your tires and wheels squeaky clean, too!
The best tires for ridesharing
With the number of miles you’ll put on your tires by driving for Uber or Lyft, you’ll likely need to replace them sooner than normal. There are many things to consider when choosing a set of replacement tires as a rideshare driver, but we’ve got some recommendations and tips to help you make the right choice.
We recommend investigating the OE (original equipment) tires for your vehicle first. The manufacturer of your vehicle picked those specific tires as a part of the overall design of your vehicle and are generally a good and safe bet. If you opt for different tires, you may be looking for some that can provide more grip, a sportier look, a smoother ride, or better fuel economy.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly choice, check out the Sentury Touring. With a 40,000-mile warranty and a smooth quiet ride, this Discount Tire exclusive provides a lot of value.
If you are driving in tough weather conditions like snow or rain, the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady features the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake Symbol for safety in snow, and is guaranteed for long-lasting all-season traction and comfort on the road.
On the other hand, if you’re operating on the luxury side of rideshare spectrum (like Uber Black or Lyft Lux), it wouldn’t be out of the question for your customers to notice if your tires don’t quite match the high-end vehicle they’re mounted on.
For a luxury all-season performance, look no further than the Pirelli Cinturato Strada All Season. The Strada delivers on grip, responsive control and reduced road noise to give you a quiet ride.
If you’re looking for super quiet and comfortable tires for premium SUVs or luxury sedans, consider the Continental Control Contact Sport A/S for smooth performance through almost any weather condition. Or check out other choices from our wide selection of touring tires.
Want some more suggestions? Enter your vehicle specifications into Treadwell, our online tire selection tool, to help find personalized choices of tires (and even wheels) for your vehicle!
Protect your purchase!
You might want to consider the protection and peace of mind our Certificates offer as well. As a rideshare proprietor, it’s no doubt you’ll be on the road more often, exposing your tires to even more road hazards than the average driver.
Our tire certificate program is a cost-effective way to guarantee a repair, refund or replacement should anything happen to your tires down to 3/32” of their tread. There’s also no limit on the amount of time or miles that our Certificates cover—unlike any of the road hazard protections our brick and mortar and online competitors offer.
Let us help prepare your ride to share
Like your rideshare business, we’re always looking to earn our next five-star review. Whether you need new tires or want to stop in for a free air check, we’re here to support you and your rideshare operation.
Stop by any Discount Tire location and we’ll get you taken care of!