Worn out or inappropriate tires are
dangerous; they can increase the chance of a blow-out or accident from a slip
on an icy road. Tire safety is one of the ways to avoid an unnecessary car
accident. When purchasing a car, owners should understand that they will need to
replace their tires a few times over the life of a typical vehicle. Many
technological advances have been made to tires, making tires longer lasting;
but actual tread life varies by car type, tire type, driving style, and even
road and weather conditions. Consumer reports conducts
reviews of the various types of tires available and identifies the strengths
and weaknesses of each brand and type.
Having the right type of tire and replacing
tires appropriately may be helpful in preventing an unnecessary car accident
from slipping on ice or snow, for example. If you or a loved one was injured in
a car accident, you may wish to seek the help of an experienced car accident
What Type of
Tire Should I Buy for My Vehicle?
All season tires
All season tires are the most popular and
affordable type of tire; they typically come with an S- and T-speed rating. All
season tires come standard on many sedans and minivans and are designed to
handle most conditions, including dry and wet pavement and light to moderate
snow. They are built for a comfortable, quiet ride, with predictable handling
and long tread life. Most drivers who live in moderate climates can use all
All season truck tires
All season truck tires are designed for light
trucks; they are commonly used on SUV’s and light duty pickups. These tires are
designed to handle most conditions including dry and wet pavement and light to
moderate snow. They also emphasize a comfortable, quiet ride, predictable
handling, and long tread wear.
All terrain truck tires
All terrain truck tires are designed for
light trucks. These tires are also commonly used on SUV’s and light duty
pickups but differ from all season tires in their more aggressive tread pattern
which is intended for use in both on-road and in moderate off-road conditions.
Like all season tires, all terrain models are designed to handle most
conditions including dry and wet pavement and light to moderate snow.
Performance all season tires
Performance all season tires are popular on
newer vehicles and are sold in H- and V-speed ratings. They are considered one
step up from regular all season tires as they place more emphasis on handling.
The downside is that they tend to have a shorter tread life. V-speed rated
tires are tuned more for performance in handling and cornering grip than
H-speed rated tires.
Ultra high performance all season tires
These tires are available in the highest
speed ratings of ZR with sub-speed rating categories of W and Y. They are ideal
for enhancing dry and wet grip and handling but are not ideal for some light
duty winter traction. Like summer tires they create a stiffer ride, and have a
shorter tread life and higher price tag than lower speed rated tires. They are best
suited to sporty sedans and coupes.
Ultra high performance summer tires
Ultra high performance summer tires are available
in the highest speed ratings of ZR with sub-speed rating categories of W and Y.
These tires are designed to deliver the ultimate dry and wet grip and handling
and are commonly found on sports cars. Unfortunately these tires also come with
a stiff ride, short tread life, and a high price. These tires do not work well
in cold/winter weather.
Winter tires are
designed to hug the road when driving in icy/snowy conditions; this is
accomplished by a tread with more biting edges and many have a softer rubber
compound that remains flexible in extremely cold temperatures. The drawback is
that on cleared roads, they might not grip as well as all season tires and they
tend to wear more quickly.
Winter/snow truck tires
Winter/snow truck tires are like winter/snow tires but are
designed for light trucks. See description above.
Performance winter/snow tires
to regular winter tires, many performance winter tires come in sizes and speed
ratings of H and higher. These tires are designed for cars that use performance
tires in warmer months. Performance winter tires have higher levels of snow and
ice grip and keep some of the handling and cornering capabilities of the warm
weather performance tires. They are not always as good as all season tires on
dry and wet pavement and tend to wear-out faster. Performance winter tires
should be removed once warm weather returns.
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