Which Type of Tire Should I Buy?
The right tires can improve your vehicle’s handling, braking, traction, and fuel economy, while the wrong tires could cause potentially disastrous issues. So, which types of tires are best for your vehicle? It depends on what and how you drive, and since we get so much snow here, you might need more than one set of tires.
Let’s look at the most common types of tires and factors you need to consider when buying new tires.
Common Tire Types
As the name suggests, all-season tires give you pretty good performance and traction year-round. They don’t perform as well in cold weather or on snow as winter tires, and they don’t offer the same performance as summer tires, but if you really don’t want to hassle with two sets of tires, all-season tires are fine for most vehicles.
Summer tires are specifically designed for traction on dry or wet roads in warm or hot weather. Despite the name, they’re an excellent choice for late spring, summer, and early fall. In moderate weather, summer tires can stop your vehicle faster and increase your traction compared to winter tires.
However, summer tires lose a lot of grip when the temperature dips below 40°, so even when there’s no snow on the ground, they become dangerous in cold weather. They also have terrible traction on snow compared to winter or all-season tires, so you’ll want to switch them out in the late fall.
Winter (Snow Tires)
While they’re also referred to as snow tires, winter tires provide better handling in cold weather, even on dry roads, than all-season or summer tires. That’s because, in addition to the deeper tread pattern, they’re made of a softer rubber that doesn’t become as stiff in cold weather, offering better handling when the temperature drops.
That soft rubber becomes a problem in the heat of the summer, though, and you’ll experience decreased handling when the weather is regularly warmer than 40°. Also, driving your winter tires in warm weather wears them down faster and shortens their lifespan, so you’ll want to switch out your winter tires for summer or all-season tires each spring.
Performance and Ultra-High Performance
Performance and ultra-high performance tires are designed specifically for sports cars and performance sedans, although they are becoming increasingly common on all newer cars. They offer better grip in moderate and warm weather than other tire types, but they’re more expensive and need to be replaced more frequently than regular all-season tires.
With a more aggressive tread pattern, all-terrain tires are perfect for off-road driving, towing, and hauling heavy loads. They don’t offer as smooth of a ride or as good of handling during normal driving on highways, though, compared to other tire types.
Things to Consider When Buying New Tires
Now that you know which tire type you’re looking for, here are things to consider when you’re shopping for new tires.
Every tire type comes in a variety of price points. If you don’t have as much money today, you can get cheaper tires, but they will likely need to be replaced sooner than more expensive tires, which could cost you more money over the life of your vehicle.
Cars, trucks, SUVs, AWD, 4WD – every vehicle type has different tire requirements, so make sure you get a tire that will work well for your vehicle type.
How many miles will the tires go before needing to be replaced? It may be worth the added cost to invest in more expensive tires if you can go tens of thousands of miles farther before needing to replace them.
Do you have a particular tire brand you trust? Or are you open to any brand, as long as it’s the best fit for your vehicle and driving style?
Replacement or Upgrade
Are you looking for something similar to the tires that are already on your vehicle, or are you looking to upgrade to run-flat or high-performance tires? When upgrading your tires, you may need new wheels, also. The outer diameter of your tire must remain the same, so shorter sidewalls than your current tires will require larger wheels.
Make sure you check your current tire size and get the matching size. Otherwise, you may need to replace the wheels, too.
Questions to Ask Your Mechanic About the Best Tires for Your Needs
What should you ask your mechanic to ensure you get the best tires for your vehicle?
- How long is the warranty?
- Are these tires worth the extra cost for me?
- Do I need winter tires if I have a 4WD?
Wheeling Auto Center Has the Tires You Need
No matter what tire type you’re looking for, Wheeling Auto Center in Arlington Heights, IL has the tires you need, and we go the extra mile to ensure every experience with us goes above and beyond your expectations. Our 15-bay facility is designed to get you in and out as quickly as possible.To schedule an appointment for new tires, click here or call (847) 259-3776.