Types of Tires
When it comes to choosing tires for your car, you have a lot of choices. There are numerous brands and lots of different kinds of tires so we’ll take a look at the differences between the types of tires and what they are used for.
These are the most common types of tires on the road. They are designed to handle a variety of road conditions, including dry roads, wet roads, and lightly snowy roads. In general, they should give the driver a relatively quiet ride, have a long tread life, and provide good fuel efficiency.
All-season tires will give you a good all-around performance, but aren’t the best choice for extreme driving conditions, such as hot summer roads, heavy snowfall, and off-road treks.
Winter or snow tires are specifically designed to help you cut through snow and give you more traction on slick roads. Snow tires use a unique rubber compound that stays softer in frigid temperatures than other tires, giving you a better grip on the road.
Snow tires also have deeper tread and unique tread patterns that help reduce snow buildup, channel snow and slush, expel water, and give you better traction on the snow.
These tires come with deep tread designs to push your vehicle through thick mud and very deep snow (18 inches or more). However, mud tires do not perform well in the rain or light snow and have noisy road manners.
Drivers should only choose these tires if they will be doing some serious off-roading.
Tires that have an especially short sidewall are considered low-profile. These tires provide crisp handling and good road feedback. However, because there is less cushioning between the rim and the road, the ride can get rough when going over bumps in the road.
These types of tires can often be found on sports cars or custom jobs because of the way they look.
Performance tires are wider and stiffer than standard tires to give them enhanced cornering power. They also usually have a low-profile design and large tread blocks for extra traction on dry roads.
These tires do not perform well in wet or snowy conditions and tend to wear out faster.
These tires provide improved traction in both dirt and snow, while still being relatively quiet on the road. They also tend to have a long life and can last for as long as 50,000 miles if they are rotated regularly and taken care off.
All-terrain tires would be a good choice for drivers who routinely drive off of paved roads, but won’t be doing any extreme off-roading like rock climbing.