Selecting the right tire for your needs and budget is something you can accomplish by using the search modes and helpful information available on our web site.
Take a few minutes to read these helpful guidelines and take a look at the links, which will help you understand key information.
Most people replace their old tires with the same size that was on the vehicle. If this is your choice, there are various locations you can check to determine tire size. You can check the sidewall of the tire itself. You can also find this information in the owner's manual for your vehicle. Finally, you can check your vehicle's tire placard. The placard is often located inside the glove box door, fuel door, doorpost, or door edge of your vehicle. If you know the tire size you need, use our Search by Size option to see what we have available.
Changing tire size can often improve the ride and performance of a vehicle through the following methods:
A person who lives in southern California will often choose a significantly different tire for their car than someone who lives in Minnesota. There are exceptions to the rule, however. The person who lives in California may go on a skiing or off-roading trip. The person in Minnesota may only drive on plowed roads during snow season. Therefore, their driving situations may include a variety of conditions.
Here are some guidelines to help you select the right tire based on your driving conditions:
You can pick tread aggressiveness according to your needs, but be mindful of the highway ride quality tradeoff. Most SUV owners select AP type tires for their balanced highway ride and all-season traction. Sport truck tires with all-season tread designs are quickly gaining popularity among SUV owners, however. These drivers are looking for better handling when on the highway and are willing to settle for less traction off-road. Meanwhile, pickup truck owners continue to sustain their "purpose-oriented" tire selection, with AT tires remaining the most popular type in this market segment. However, Sport truck tires are showing gains among those who like great highway handling and need a tire that can handle truck load capacities.
The old adage, "you get what you pay for", may have been invented for tire buying. A good exercise would be to calculate the total price for your tire purchase and divide that by the miles of service to get the cost per mile. You'll quickly see that the better tires are the better value. When you have mileage guarantees to compare, this calculation is very easy, but there is another way. When you are comparing tires within a particular brand, use the UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading) ratings (treadwear grade) to calculate value. Divide the tread wear rating by the price. The highest number should be your pick if you want the best value according to treadwear grade. This system won't help you compare between brands, however, because there is no standardization for wear scoring. Traction and temperature ratings are standardized, however, and are useful for making comparisons between brands.
Most people are aware of speed ratings. Simply put, you need to buy a tire with the appropriate speed rating for your vehicle. In Europe, the law mandates that the original equipment tire must be replaced with a tire possessing the same or higher speed rating. However, in the US you can buy a lower (and less expensive) speed rated tire of the same size. If you do this, be aware that you are limiting your vehicle's performance in terms of handling and speed capacity. Generally speaking, a tire's handling response corresponds with its speed rating. Look at it this way: you'll lose that crisp handling the manufacturer designed into the vehicle and you will not be able to safely achieve the speeds the vehicle was designed for if you use a lower speed rated tire than the original design. Conversely, you can improve your vehicle's handling with a higher speed rated tire.
Each year more car, light truck, and SUV designs are introduced. As a result, tire manufacturers are responding with more specialized designs. Be aware that for a given vehicle you can choose anything from long-wearing, easy-riding tires to style-conscious, ultra-high performance tires. It's your call. We have many different types of tires to fit a wide range of vehicle styles and driving habits.
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