Buying new tires for your vehicle today can be quite confusing. If you walk into most tire dealers, you'll have a wide range of tires to choose from with different ratings, performance levels, and other factors. Because of all these variables, you can't expect your vehicle to perform in the same way for each of these types of tires.
Choosing the right type of tire is important and not every tire will be right for your car. How can you know you're picking the right tire when you go in for tire replacement services?
Choose the Right Traction Rating
Traction defines the grip between a tire and the road and not all tires have the same traction levels. If you check the tires, you will notice that they'll have a letter stamped on them ranging from AA to C. AA- and A-rated tires may cost you more but they provide the best performance with regards to control during emergency maneuvers and average stopping distances.
Brand Names Don't Matter as Much
It might be reassuring to see the brand name of a company that you're familiar with. However, this doesn't always mean that you are getting better tires. There are many manufacturers who are yet to make a name for themselves but still provide high-quality tires. It's better to check review sites or to ask a trustworthy dealer if a certain brand is worth the extra money.
Manufacturer's Tires May Not Be the Best for You
For many other parts of the vehicle, parts from the original equipment manufacturer are always better than anything else you can get from a third party manufacturer. However, this doesn't apply when it comes to tires. Manufacturers pick tires that offer a standard performance in all driving conditions. This means that they are not optimized for certain driving conditions.
When it's time to replace these tires, consider what is more important to you. This could be driving in icy conditions or driving in weather that's hot and dry.
Have Tires For All Seasons
The driving conditions during the winter months are very different from the conditions experienced during summer. Although you can get tires that work well enough in both winter and summer, don't expect the very best levels of performance from these tires in either season. It's much better to have one set of tires for the hot months and another set for winter.