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TIRES YOU CAN TRUST FOR YOUR DAILY DRIVER

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Tires you can trust for your daily driver

Lowrid­ing is a part of our DNA. It’s what we bleed, it’s what we eat, and it’s what we dream of. But to make those dreams a re­al­ity, we have to get up and get to work, which is why it’s im­por­tant to not ne­glect the cars that help get us there—and I’m not talk­ing about the aes­thet­ics of your car, but more so the me­chan­i­cals.

To be hon­est, I could care less if my daily driver was dirty with a few pi­geon drop­pings, but the one thing I won’t ne­glect is rou­tine en­gine main­te­nance and my tires. I make sure all wheels are aligned, ro­tated, and in­spected pe­ri­od­i­cally, but when it comes time to get them changed, I run with a brand that I’ve trusted for years: Con­ti­nen­tal Tires.

That said, Con­ti­nen­tal has in­tro­duced two new up­graded tires that you should know about, so keep read­ing.

PureCon­tact LS

Their al­ready-pop­u­lar PureCon­tact se­ries of tires were awe­some, but they’ve now in­tro­duced an up­dated ver­sion they call the PureCon­tact LS. By us­ing Con­ti­nen­tal’s pro­pri­etary EcoPlus Tech­nol­ogy, it has fur­ther im­proved their wet grip and wear con­di­tions. But there’s more! Among the high­lights are:

•10 per­cent im­prove­ment in wet trac­tion and 23 per­cent im­prove­ment in wear over the PureCon­tact— EcoPlus Tech­nol­ogy en­hances wet grip and im­proves tread­wear and fuel ef­fi­ciency over the life of the tire

•A 50 per­cent re­duc­tion in noise over the PureCon­tact

•Trac­tion grooves specif­i­cally de­signed for snow per­for­mance

•Quick View In­di­ca­tors that en­able the driver to see when the tire is no longer per­form­ing op­ti­mally in dry, wet, or snow con­di­tions

•Align­ment Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem shows the driver when it’s time for an align­ment

Cre­ated for lux­ury cars and lux­ury sports sedans, the PureCon­tact LS is a premium tire but it didn’t stop me from throw­ing a set on my Elec­tric Ford C-Max. Yeah … I do drive an elec­tric car, and you would too if you com­muted 150 miles a day.

While I’ve yet to do long-term test­ing (I’ve only put 10,000 miles on this set), I can al­ready at­test to a much qui­eter ride and to be hon­est the quick­view in­di­ca­tors and Align­ment Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem will make in­spec­tions that much eas­ier, so I’m pretty ex­cited.

Ex­tremeCon­tact Sport

Now, if you’re lucky enough to have a high-per­for­mance daily driver, you def­i­nitely need to check out Con­ti­nen­tal Tire’s Ex­tremeCon­tact Sport. Tested to ex­treme lim­its by cham­pi­onship-win­ning race car driv­ers, th­ese tires pro­vide ex­treme grip (wet and dry) while of­fer­ing pre­cise han­dling and se­cu­rity on wet and slip­pery roads, thanks to their Sport Plus Tech­nol­ogy.

In ad­di­tion, the Ex­tremeCon­tact Sport tires have ex­cel­lent tread life and they’re so con­fi­dent that they also pro­vide a 60-day trial along with a 30,000 lim­ited war­ranty that is backed by a three-year road­side as­sis­tance pro­gram.

So get up on game, and don’t trust your life or your safety to a set of cheap tires. In this life­time you get what you pay for, so roll out with a brand that’s trusted and known for set­ting the bench­mark of ex­cel­lence when it comes to high­per­for­mance tires.

STORY & PHO­TOS BY JOE RAY

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