A Beginner's Guide to The Different Types of Tires

May 23rd, 2016

You car is like your child, and you will do whatever it takes to care for it properly. If you don't follow the proper precautions, your car will be neglected and may even suffer irreparable damage. In fact, neglecting cars costs the American economy over $2 billion each year.

There are some quick and simple tips that will help you service your vehicle. Rotate your tires every 7,500 miles, and check your tire alignment every 6,000 miles or when you have your oil changed. If you do not do this, your tires will prematurely wear down, costing you a fortune in the long run.

But say you are looking to find tires right now for your vehicle. You need new tires because of wear and tear, so you go to your neighborhood friendly auto mechanic and look through their large selection of tires. The only problem is that there are too many to choose from! How do you know what ones are right for your vehicle? Read on below for a simplified breakdown to help make shopping easier!

To find tires for your car, you have to choose what category your car fits under. In general, there are three broad categories, summer vehicles, all year round, and winter/snow tires.

Eight Types of Tires

  • Extreme Performance: These are good for if you live in a primarily dry environment as these tires are designed to be driven on the dry road. They come with a little hydroplaning resistance.
     
  • Max Performance: The jack of all trades, these types are great for both wet and dry driving.
     
  • Grand Touring: These give you a great mix of wet and dry performance with responsive handling noise and ride comfort.
     
  • Ultra High Performance: Comes with all-season versatility, including snow traction.
     
  • Performance : Has the year-round versatility you need, along with a fun mixture of appearance and performance.
     
  • Passenger: The best dependable tires that offer comfort when riding.
     
  • Studded: For the highest amount of snow traction, and extra traction on the ice, use these tires.
     
  • Studdless: A good option without having to use winter tire studs.

Looking to buy new tires for your vehicle? Head on over to Sea Tac Tire and Auto Tech for all your tire needs!

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