Selecting The Right Tires

Choosing the right tire can be a very overwhelming task considering the selection one has to choose from. Many people know little about tires and what tires are appropriate for their vehicle. Tires are a major investment and warrants careful consideration as tires affect the personality and performance of a vehicle. Tires that are worn can adversely affect the handling of your vehicle, possibly even making it dangerous. Keeping tires in good condition, as well as properly inflated can be as important as changing your engine oil.  Doing some research to learn about the types of tires and factors to consider before purchasing tires can make a big deal in your overall satisfaction of the tires. 

Factors to consider when choosing tires:

The first step in choosing tires is to learn about the manufacturer’s requirement. Ensure that the size of tire is correct for the vehicle so that it can carry the weight of the vehicle. The tire size can be found in the owner’s manual, in the car or on the current tires.
Consider the conditions the vehicle will be driving in and choose tires appropriately. All-season, high performance, winter and off-road tires are all types of tires to consider. Driving tires in the road conditions they were made for is another important consideration when selecting a tire.
Price versus value plays an important role in tire selection.  Be sure to compare “price per mile” before selecting tires.  Often tire stores will have specials throughout the year which can save customers some money.
Each manufacturer, as well as each model of tire has different warranty coverage. Be sure to consider length of warranty as well as what the warranty covers. Some warranties may cover flat tires, offer roadside assistance etc but also look into the procedure that is to be followed if a tire needs to repair. Sometimes the tire can only be repaired by the company you bought the tire from.

Types of Tires

To determine what type of tire that is needed consider the driving conditions you will encounter yearly with the car. Is there rain, snow, ice, off-road, long trips? Categories of tires include:

All-season – All-season tires are designed to provide good traction in a wide variety of road conditions, including wet, dry and mud and snow. However, this design limits the tire’s performance in extreme conditions. All-season tires can be used all year round to save having to change the tires to suit the season.

Performance – Performance tires combine good looks with good grip for precise, high-speed driving. These tires wear out faster than all-season and are more expensive however, offer that more “sporty” look and feature a softer rubber compound for improved traction, especially on high speed cornering.

Winter – Winter tires are designed to excel in colder temperatures along with slush, ice, snow. They have tread patterns that are specifically designed to bite into snow and ice. As they are made from softer rubber compounds that retain their flexibility in cold weather, this allows the tire to better conform to the surface of the road and get a better grip on snowy and icy surfaces.

Off-road – Off-road tires generally have as much capability off the road as they do on the road. These tires can handle travels on snow-covered roads, as well as gravel, stone, soil and sandy off-road trails. The multifaceted tread blocks are a feature of the tire to help deliver traction in any direction on gravel roads and dirt trails.