Choose The Right Tires With 3 Quick Tips

Choose The Right Tires With 3 Quick Tips

The quest to choose the right tires can seem like a maze to a lot of people – so we’ve laid out three things to know when starting your search for tires:

1) CONSIDER YOUR DRIVING CONDITIONS

Choosing tires is kind of like choosing shoes (just go with me – it’ll make sense). You wouldn’t wear flip flops to trudge through snow in Minnesota, and you shouldn’t drive through it in summer tires either. Neither would you wear hiking boots to go out dancing – that’s like driving on studded snow tires in the summer! The point is – dress for the occasion & know your driving conditions. – and yes, if you’re thinking it – the little black dress would be considered the “all season tire” – works well in most occasions.

Ok, back to being serious. Here are some more factors to keep in mind:

  • Temperature: below freezing, mild, scorching hot
  • Rain: dry as a t-rex bone, moist-ish like a good turkey sandwich, or as soaked as a German Shepard after playing outside with the sprinklers
  • Terrain: sand, dirt, rocks, gravel, brick pavers, concrete, asphalt, inclines/declines, sharp turns
  • Speed conditions: low speed stop & go, mid speed around town , cruising on the open highway

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 2) CONSIDER YOUR DRIVING STYLE

Step two on how to choose the right tires, is knowing how you drive.  Are you easy going, normal paced, or spirited & lively?

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If you brake, accelerate, and corner harder than average( like with sport oriented vehicles), you should keep that in mind when browsing the tire categories (briefly explained below)

How many miles do you put on your vehicle per year? This will help you clarify if you need a treadwear warrantied tire (some brands offer 60,000+ mile treadwear warranties).

Will you be keeping the vehicle for a while, or will you be selling the vehicle soon? Buy tires appropriate to your situation.

3) KNOW THE TIRE CATEGORIES

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Step three of your quest on how to choose the right tires, is knowing the tire categories. Check out the quick break-down below to get your head around all the different types of tires you may see

All Season / Touring: The default go-to. Very versatile, they go pretty much anywhere and perform well in most conditions. Good traction in wet or dry, and longer tread life than performance tires

Performance: Better acceleration, handling, and braking during sporty driving on dry roads. Not as good as All-Season in the rain. Shorter tread life than All-Season, and not recommended for snow.

Ultra High Performance (UHP): Best handing, acceleration, and braking on dry roads to unleash the maximum potential from your sports oriented vehicle during “spirited” driving. Wet traction is worse than All-Season, and the tread life will be the shortest of all the categories.

Winter/Snow/Mud: Great at their intended conditions, but tire noise is noticeably louder than Performance or All Season

CLOSING THOUGHTS

So that’s 3 Quick Tips To Choose The Right Tires. For more info on specific tire recommendations for your application, hop over to our tire shopping link. You’ll enjoy less shopping hassle – with our innovative “Driving Style” filter, you can zone in on the best tire for your needs – and of course – we COME to YOU! Happy shopping!

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11 COMMENTS

  • Tiffany Locke
    February 21, 2018, 10:58 pm REPLY

    Thanks for explaining the different tire categories, such as all season, which go pretty much anywhere and perform well in most conditions.

  • hannah neilson
    February 27, 2018, 9:13 pm REPLY

    I agree that you need to consider your driving conditions when choosing tires. It would be good to consider this because it would help determine what kind of tires you need. I’m looking for new tires, so I’ll have to consider my driving conditions.

  • Braden Bills
    March 2, 2018, 12:17 pm REPLY

    I want to make sure that I get the right tires. It makes sense that the conditions of the road would be considerable! Since winter is ending, I should probably get a good set of all season tires that can last me all year.

    • Kal Gohill@Braden Bills
      March 9, 2018, 2:27 pm REPLY

      Yes that’s a safe bet. All season tires are the all rounders of the tire world. Some even cover mileage warranties of up to 65,000 miles! Check out what fits for you on our Shop New Tires page! If you need any more help, feel free to use the live chat tool!

  • Leviticus Bennett
    March 12, 2018, 8:59 pm REPLY

    I didn’t realize that someone’s driving style would influence the tires they should choose. A friend of mine is a speed demon so he should probably keep that in mind when choosing tires for his Honda. Thank you for the suggestions, It’s also probably a good idea to check the website of a tire supplier. That way you will know if they have the tires you need, depending on your style

    • Kal Gohill@Leviticus Bennett
      March 13, 2018, 10:34 am REPLY

      Yes it’s very important to match driving style to tire choice. At getTREAD, we don’t believe in high pressure sales tactics. Super grippy Z rated tires aren’t for everyone. Taking your driving style into account gets you the best tire that fits your needs, be that fuel economy, tread life, all weather traction, off-road traction, or ultimate dry road grip. Check out the SHOP NEW TIRES section of our site to see what fits your needs. If you need any more help, feel free to use the chat box in the bottom right of your window on getTREAD.com

  • Latoya Anderson
    March 14, 2018, 8:56 pm REPLY

    I’m looking to change the tires on my car, so it’s important for me to choose the right one. My goal is to find a type of tire that’s durable and can perform well in any type of conditions to make my investment worthy. This is why I like that you talked about how versatile season/touring tires are because it can perform well in most conditions and it has a longer tread life than other types of tires. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

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