Choosing the right tires for your vehicle can be tiring...
When choosing tires it is important to consider your driving habits and the conditions you mostly drive in. Whether you commute long distances on a regular basis, most of your driving is in and around town or you only drive in fair weather. A proper set of new tires should last 3 to 4 years, so choosing the right tire will extend the life of your tires and provide premium ride comfort and quality.
Most tires fall into four types, all seasons, all weather, summer and winter. No single tire is outstanding in all conditions.
All season tires are designed to provide decent, well rounded control and stopping performance, but are not ideal for all weather conditions. If you are a fair weather only driver the advantage to all seasons is, you only require one set of tires.
All weather tires are designed to perform in all four seasons. The difference between all-weather and all-season tires really comes down to the tread pattern and rubber composition. An all-weather tire tread is designed to provide better traction in snowy conditions and a balanced rubber compound for both summer and winter temperatures.
Summer tires are designed to provide premium control and stopping performance in hot, dry and wet weather conditions, with a quiet and comfortable ride quality. Summer tires are not suitable for winter conditions, they do not provide adequate traction in snow and on ice.
Winter tires are designed to provide premium control and stopping performance in cold, snow and icy weather conditions. Winter tires are a much softer rubber compound, keeping the tire pliable in extreme cold. The downside to that is they will wear very quickly and cause damage to the tire in summer conditions. Winter tires have an aggressive tread pattern to grip in deep snow, causing louder road noise than normal. It is recommended to have your winter tires on in temperatures 7 degrees and colder.
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for correct tire size.
It is always recommended to perform a wheel alignment when new tires are installed. Make sure the wheels are pointed straight and won’t cause damage or prematurely wearing your new tires.
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How to read your tire size:
Tire Class : P
Tire tire class of this tire size is ‘P’ which means it is a passenger car tire. The first letter in the tire size designates the tire class. An ‘LT’ would be a light truck class and no letter would be a euro-metric tire.
Section Width : 255
The width of this tire size is 255mm wide. The first number in a metric tire size is the section width of the tire.
Aspect Ratio : 60
The aspect ratio on this tire size is 60. The second number in a metric tire size is called the aspect ratio and means that the sidewall height is 60% of the section width.
Tire Construction : R
The tire construction of this tire size is R for radial. This letter is for how the tire is constructed. Radial is the standard construction method for almost all tires.
Wheel Diameter : 17
The wheel diameter of this tire size is 17 inches. The tire is designed to be mounted on an 17″ wheel diameter.
Load Index : 102
The load index of this tire is 102 – 1874 lbs. This number is the load index and the maximum amount of weight the tire can carry. A higher number means the tire can carry more weight.
Speed Rating : V
The speed rating of this tire size is V – 149 mph. This letter is the speed rating of the tire and indicates the maximum speed the tire can sustain.