Choose the Right Car Tires


Chrome Rims          Tires are designed for specific applications in mind. There are many different types of tires, ranging from the materials used to the tread pattern. Whether you are a hardcore racing enthusiast or are looking for tires with good traction in the snow there is a tire for your specific application. Read the following steps to guide you through the process of selecting the proper tires for your application.

Step 1

All Season TiresChoose all season tires if you drive your car year round and want all around protection from the elements. All season tires are not the best tires at any one specific task. They are made to be used in all seasons. This means they provide adequate grip in the snow, decent wet weather travel, and enough stickiness for grip in the summer. The drawback to all season tires is that they are not optimized to any one specific type of terrain or environmental condition.

Step 2

Summer Performance TireIf you are looking for tires for racing then you want what are usually called summer performance tires. Summer performance tires are tires that are optimized for use in warm non snowy climates. They usually provide superior grip around corners for tighter turns and less wheel spin. In addition many are well suited for driving in the rain and have special tread patterns to remove water at a fast rate.

Step 3

Fuel efficient tires are a recent development in the tire world. Fuel efficient tires are tires made of a specifically engineered tread material that minimizes the amount of energy it disperses as heat. This leaves more tire energy that goes into the movement of the vehicle. These tires raise the mpg’s of any vehicle and over the course of a year can offer significant savings at the gas pump.

Step 4

Low Profile TireChoose lower profile tires for better cornering and a stiffer handling ride. Stiff low profile tires are typically used when upgrading rims. Low profile tires eliminate the large sidewall of most tires. Generally the ride is a lot bumpier however as there is less rubber to absorb impacts so they are transferred into the chassis of the car.

Step 5

Choose wider tires than your stock application if you are looking to increase traction. Typically this is done when you have increased the horsepower of your car and are looking for better grip.

Additional Advice

                   Make sure you match the tires to the correct rim size when you are purchasing as rims will only fit on certain ranges of tire sizes.

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