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Everything You Need to Know About Tire Types

Unsure what type of tires you need? The experts at Tires Plus can help.

What Type of Tires Do I Need?

The ideal tire type for your vehicle depends on a variety of factors. The type of vehicle you drive and your driving habits, the climate and road conditions where you live, and your expectations for fuel economy and handling can all play a part in determining the right type of tire for you.

It’s important to do your research before you purchase a set of tires to make sure you always feel safe and confident on the road. Here’s what you should know about the most common types of tires.

 

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All-season Tires

When you purchase a new vehicle, typically on light cars or commuter cars, they will most likely come with all-season tires. Well-rounded and versatile, all-season tires are designed to deliver acceptable handling, grip, and fuel efficiency for the average driver. Choose all-season tires if:

  • You live and drive in areas with warm, moderate, and mild winter conditions.
  • You experience harsh cold weather conditions, but plan to switch to snow tires in the winter.
  • You drive a typical sedan, SUV, truck, or minivan.
  • Long tire tread life and affordability are top priorities.
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Winter Tires

Winter tires, also known as snow tires, are essential if you expect to encounter freezing temperatures and snow- and ice-covered road conditions. Designed specifically for cold weather, winter tires should not be used in warm climates. Choose winter tires if:

  • You live and drive in areas with lots of snow and ice, where temperatures consistently drop below 45 F.
  • You plan to switch to all-season or summer tires when temperatures are above freezing.
  • You drive any type of vehicle including a truck, sedan or SUV in heavy winter conditions.

Winter Tires

Winter tires, also known as snow tires, are essential if you expect to encounter freezing temperatures and snow- and ice-covered road conditions. Designed specifically for cold weather, winter tires should not be used in warm climates. Choose winter tires if:

  • You live and drive in areas with lots of snow and ice, where temperatures consistently drop below 45 F.
  • You plan to switch to all-season or summer tires when temperatures are above freezing.
  • You drive any type of vehicle including a truck, sedan or SUV in heavy winter conditions.
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Performance Tires

Performance tires are specifically designed for sports cars, exotic cars, and racing-style cars. They are generally designed for summer’s wet and dry conditions, but there are all-season versions that provide performance features in colder temperatures as well. Choose performance tires if:

  • Precise handling with superior grip and responsiveness is important to you.
  • Your vehicle comes equipped with performance tires from the factory.
  • You’re looking for a heightened driving experience that delivers more than just getting you from point A to point B.
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All-Terrain Tires

All-terrain tires are designed with a thicker, blockier tread for better grip on “off-road” terrain like mud, dirt, gravel, rocks, snow, and ice. While all-season tires can handle the occasional dirt road, all-terrains are built specifically for better traction in all conditions. Choose all-terrain tires if: 

  • You drive a truck or SUV in off-road conditions often.
  • You expect to encounter light snow.
  • You often haul or tow heavy loads.
  • You want the best on and off-road performance.

All-Terrain Tires

All-terrain tires are designed with a thicker, blockier tread for better grip on “off-road” terrain like mud, dirt, gravel, rocks, snow, and ice. While all-season tires can handle the occasional dirt road, all-terrains are built specifically for better traction in all conditions. Choose all-terrain tires if: 

  • You drive a truck or SUV in off-road conditions often.
  • You expect to encounter light snow.
  • You often haul or tow heavy loads.
  • You want the best on and off-road performance.
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