Tires, Tires, Tires! What You Need to Know

What kind of tires should I buy? We get this question a lot, and understandably so – with a wide variety of tires to choose from nowadays, it can be challenging to decide which type is right for you.

Before you go shopping for new tires, learn about different types of tires, depending on the type of vehicle, the type of driving you do and the conditions you typically drive in.

Your new tires should meet your needs – including not only the typical conditions, but also the worst conditions you foresee driving in. Consider performance criteria; for instance, is wet traction more important to you than cornering capability on dry roads?

Most auto tires are all-season tires, designed to satisfy the needs of most road conditions, provide a relatively quiet ride, good tread life and fuel economy. They offer versatile performance and are built for wet roads and light winter driving, as well as for greater tire life in warm weather. However, they won’t provide the same amount of extreme grip and sharp handling of a summer tire.

Winter tires are specifically designed to perform in cold, icy, wet and snowy weather, and they’re optimized for handling and traction under wet conditions, but also in dry conditions. Their unique features are tread rubber, tread depth and patterns, and biting edges. For winter tires that are designated for severe snow applications a separate, severe snow marking will be present.

Touring tires: premium, usually all-weather tires, offering first-rate stability and dependability on wet and dry pavement, smooth and quiet ride with performance handling.

High-performance tires: designed for use at higher speeds in dry and wet weather, and are best for those driving a sports car, or look for handling and performance.

For pick-up trucks/trucks, if you like off-road driving, select heavy-duty tires. Sleek tires help provide stability and traction for light trucks. For commercial light trucks, go for tires built to handle driving through dirt, mud and everyday wear and tear.

SUV tires are ideal for comfortable on-road handling.

As far as the tire size, you should check out the original tire size of your vehicle. It can be found in your owner’s manual or on the tire label located on the driver’s doorjamb, glove box lid, or inside the fuel hatch. As a rule, never choose a smaller size tire than the original tire.

If you plan to mix different tires: for front or rear wheel drive vehicles, mount the new tires on the rear axle to prevent an unstable over-steer condition; if mounting a single new tire, it should be paired on the rear axle with the tire having the greatest remaining tread depth.

Our expert team at CNM Auto Repair is passionate about assisting our clients, so if you’re searching for Lancaster PA tires for sale, contact us today to help you select the best tire for your vehicle and driving needs!

Our family owned and operated auto repair shop provides high quality tune-up, alignment, and other car and light truck services – make an appointment with our expert auto mechanics today at (717) 397-1497.