Do you know what kind of tire and tread is right for your vehicle? Explore the differences and find the right tire for your vehicle and driving conditions.
Tire wear and flats are a part of life. In either case, when it comes time to replace your old tires with new tread, you have countless options. Let’s start with the five basic types of tires available on the market.
All-season tires are designed for year-round use and feature a blend of rubber compounds and detailed tread configurations that are designed to offer well-rounded performance rain or shine. All-season tires offer good overall performance on most road surfaces and in most weather conditions.
All-terrain tires are designed to perform on both asphalt streets and the loose surfaces found off road. Featuring aggressive tread patterns all-terrain tires are optimized for off-road traction. However, those same tread patterns can cause all-terrain tires to wear more quickly than a typical all-season tire. As such, consider rotating them more frequently than the standard 7,500-mile interval, especially if you notice irregular wear.
Run-flat tires feature self-sealing technology giving you more confidence in the event of a flat. They’re designed to be temporarily driven at limited speeds for a limited distance after a breach, allowing the driver to reach safety and avoid being stranded. It is important to follow the specific instructions for your tire and vehicle and limit both your speed (usually up to 50 mph) and distance as instructed.
PERFORMANCE/ SUMMER-ONLY TIRES
During warmer months, the weather heats up, and rainfall accumulates. Performance and summer-only tires offer the highest level of on-road performance in wet and dry conditions. Sporty looks and high performance are achieved with special tread patterns and rubber compounds – and, occasionally, a lower aspect ratio. Remember that the compound and tread used in these tires makes them unsuitable for use on ice and snow, and in cold climates. Cold conditions require switching to an appropriate tire.
SNOW/ WINTER TIRES
Winter tires are designed for increased traction in cold weather, giving drivers confidence on snow- and ice-covered roads. It’s important to remember that winter tires do not perform as well on dry-roads and can suffer from increased road noise, and shorter tread life. Watch for changes in your vehicle’s handling and braking, as they can become more sensitive.
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Now that you are aware of the types of tires available. Visit the Certified Service Experts at Bishop GMC Cadillac to get your vehicle safely outfitted with the best tires for your vehicle and individual needs.