A POSSIBLE LIFE-SAVING DECISION – HOW TO CHOOSE VEHICLE TIRES?
Most car tires fall into three main types:
- All-season – These are usually tires which are designed to have long tread life in warm conditions
This is a perfect example for a great All-season Tire:
Product: Goodyear Assurance All-Season Tire Radial
Example Size: 205/55R16 91H
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Price: $142CDN each
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Product: Goodyear Assurance All-Season Radial
Example Size: 185/65R15 88T
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Price: $290.28CDN each
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- Summer – Summer tire often have a sticky compound, allowing for great ride in the heat, and in the rain, but they lack any traction on heavy snow and ice; therefore, this is not a great choice for an all around 4-season tire. This is why you would want either All Seasons, or Summer and Winter Tires separately.
- Winter – Snow tires—also called winter tires—are tires designed for use on snow and ice. Snow tires have a tread design with bigger gaps than those on summer tires, increasing traction on snow and ice. … Tires designed for winter conditions are optimized to drive at temperatures below 7 °C (45 °F).
Most people buy all-season tires because it’s easier and cheaper than buying one set for the winter and another for summer. All-season car tires deliver a good, well-rounded performance but are never outstanding in any way.
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I myself drive a vehicle that’s actually rated as a “Race Car” with my Insurance Company; because any Sports Car in Canada that has over 6 gears (mine has 8 gears), has to be considered a Race Car, which would require a V- Rated Tire for high speed vehicles. They definitely aren’t cheap though, so get ready to have your wallet or credit car limit a bit thicker, if you know what I mean! It is SO important to put these tires on a car like mine, as a plain old regular cheap tire wouldn’t be able to handle the power of the engine, which in turn, could cause the car to lose control very instantaneously; causing a possible life-threatening situation on your local streets and/or highways. So please do your research, read your manuals, know how to read the sticker which is usually located just inside of the door frame (very easy to find). The tire information can also be found on the tire itself. The Name, Type, Size, and most importantly for some vehicles; the air pressure. Just remember that the air pressure is going to be different on a lot of vehicles, so know your vehicle’s tires well!
Performance all-season tires come in H- and V-speed rating on many newer cars, especially those with upgraded wheels. They tend to have better cornering grip than S- and T-speed rated all-season tires, but performance tires may not wear as long. Ultra-high-performance all-season and summer tires typically come in ZR-, W-, and Y-speed ratings for sports cars and performance sedans.
Winter/snow tires are easily identified by a mountain and snowflake symbol displayed on the sidewall of the tire.
If you’re looking to make a switch, be sure to check your tire ratings, especially if you want a type of tire that may provide you with a longer tread life and more of an all-weather grip. Always check your tire’s ratings so you’re familiar with some warning signs to look for when it comes time to change your tires, with accordance to the factory manual, or the look of the tire itself. A tire should wear evenly, so if it doesn’t, and you notice that the tread is missing from the outside and/or inside of the tire; this could indicate another issue altogether. Things like low air pressure, broken control arms/ball-joints, shocks, stabilizer linkage, and many other mechanical issues.
I myself, also own and drive a very fast Sport Class Motorcycle. This is where the proper tire choice could easily save your life! I look for a tire that’s rated for my specific bike, the speed rating, the road conditions in my city, the average spring/summer/fall temperatures in my area, and I want a tire that will heat up, and become like glue to the pavement. This is how racers are able to take high speed corners with the bike almost leaning over enough to touch the ground. When my tires heat up, which only takes a nice slow ride around the block; I am able to distinguish whether my tires are safe to grip the road properly. I do this by checking to see if I can squeeze my fingernails into the tire slightly, and that tells me that the tires are now like a piece of chewing gum. They are hot enough to grip the road, and potentially save me from sliding or skidding out when corning!
So, the sum this article/post, always make sure to educate yourselves drastically when it comes to changing and/or replacing the tires on any of your vehicles. You ALWAYS want to think about safety when it comes to choosing your tires. Talk to a Tire Professional, learn how to read your tires and the information on the sticker plate just inside your door frame, and study your manual. If you don’t know or have some above; please contact or visit your local dealership to be instructed on the best tires to purchase for the safety of Yourself, Your Passengers, Others on the Road, and innocent by-standers; E.g. Pedestrians Walking, Cyclists, Smaller Vehicles like E-Bikes and/or Motorcycles. Lastly, if you do your research, and visit a great tire installer, you will definitely save money on replacements, and fuel mileage; which is heavily impacted by the tires themselves and/or the wear and tire of your tires.
PLEASE THINK OF SAFETY FIRST! ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE PASSENGERS IN THE VEHICLE; BECAUSE YOU ARE THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE, THEREFORE LIABLE FOR THE SAFETY OF THE OTHERS IN THE VEHICLE AT ANY GIVEN TIME!Tags: aftermarket tire, all-season tires, cheaper, cost efficient tires, goodyear, know your tires, life-saving tires, radial