So Many Tires...Which Are Right for My Car?
December 13th, 2016
Tire technology has come a long way in the last 30 years, and along with it, the tire market has pretty well exploded. There’s a staggering number of choices out there when it comes to tires, for just about any kind of vehicle. Let’s break it down a little:
--All-season tires are a great choice for most drivers of sedans, coupes, minivans, SUVs, and crossovers. All-season tires offer a good ride, long wear, responsive handling and excellent road manners. The tread pattern on all-season tires is designed for excellent traction on wet or dry pavement, although they tend to lose their composure in light snow or ice.
--Performance all-season tires come with a higher speed rating and usually have better cornering performance and steering response than all-season passenger tires; however, the tradeoff is in a softer tread compound that doesn’t wear as long.
--Ultra-high performance (UHP) tires are great for sports cars and performance sedans, with a super-sticky tread compound for cornering ability.
--All-season and all-terrain truck tires are a good choice for pickups and SUVs. They’re designed for heavier load capacity along with a smooth, quiet ride on the highway and good handling. All-terrain tires, like the name implies, are well suited for the occasional trip off the pavement, but can’t get you through thick mud or soft surfaces very well.
--Winter/snow tires use a softer tread formulation that stays flexible at cold temperatures, along with deeper tread grooves and a dense network of sipes for extra grip in snow. Winter tires can get you through the cold months better than all-season tires can…however, their soft rubber compound wears quickly in warmer temps. Winter tires shouldn’t be used when temperatures are above 45 degrees or so.
At Goodyear of Buckhead, we hope this list helps clear up your tire buying decision somewhat. When it comes time for a set of tires for your car, make an appointment with us – remember, we’re a member of the Goodyear family with great prices on Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly tires for your vehicle. Give us a call and check us out!