A tire may just look like a tire to the naked eye, but there are actually a lot of specifications entailed in every tire. To make your vehicle run as efficiently as possible, it is imperative to choose the right kind of tire. The best way to make sure you are getting the right kind of tire for your car is to look at the owner’s manual. The manual should specify the kind of tire as well as some certain dimensions to look for.
Here, we’ve outlined five different kinds of tires you can get for your vehicle:
1. All-Season tires—These tires are the best all around tire because they are good for performance, traction under wet conditions, mileage, and a decrease in noise. They are also the standard tire for most new vehicles.
2. All-Terrain tires–These tires are ideal for use on small trucks and SUVs. They have sidewalls that are very sturdy and feature large tread block patterns to pull mud and improve the grip on surfaces like mud, clay, and snow.
3. Winter-Use tires—These tires are perfect for low temperature conditions because they are made of soft rubber that heats up when driving in the cold. They provide extra grip on snow and ice for maximum safety.
4. Performance tires—These are the tires you want to get to maximize road contact. They are engineered for high speed and aggressive driving and feature a softer rubber compound that increases traction and improves cornering, as well as lower profiles to reduce sidewall flex under stress.
5. Off-Road tires (Mud Terrain)—You want these tires for non-highway use, because they feature chunky tread blocks and a higher void ration than other tires, in order to maximize traction in off road situations including mud, clay, and snow.
Most people don’t even realize all of the options for tires, but the first place to start is always the owner’s manual or a good tire finding tool. Good luck tire shopping!