When it’s time to buy tires for your car, it pays to do your homework ahead of time. The choices are mind-boggling, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the number of options. We’ve done some of the research and pared down what to look for when buying a tire. 

With safety at the forefront, here are three components to look for when buying a tire— type, size, and durability. 

Type of Tire

When deciding the type of tire you’ll need, consider the kind of car you own, the conditions you’re driving in, and the terrain you’ll be driving daily. You’ll find the most common types of tires are all-season, all-terrain, touring, and winter tires. 

All-season tires are the Swiss army knife of tires, created to drive over any terrain throughout the year. You can choose between regular, performance, summer, and ultra-high performance. The performance type is slightly better than the standard type at delivering superior year-round traction. However, their mileage may be lower than the regular variety. Summer and ultra-high performance all-season tires sacrifice some traction but could be beneficial to have in winter.

Those living in heavy winter states often love their winter tires because they’re made specifically to tread through snow and ice. All-terrain tires are perfect for off-road driving, offering traction on uneven terrain. Finally, touring tires are great for road trips or traveling long distances.

Size of Tire 

In choosing tires, it’s essential to consider the size. Your best bet is to select the same type and size as your current ones, as your vehicle was designed to work with the same types. You don’t want tires to be smaller than the tires that came with your car, as the diminished size won’t support it. You can look at bigger tires; however, the extra size can affect your vehicle’s performance.

Durability of Tire 

The speed rating tells you how a tire can go for long periods without causing too much wear. The tread-wear number specifies how many miles the tire is expected to go. The higher the number, the longer it will last. Keep your warranty on hand. If your tires wear out before the mileage listed on the warranty, you can get a credit to go towards a replacement. 

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