Choosing the right tires for your car can be a daunting experience. Aside from the usual tires, there are even specialty tires in the market including Skid Power Chevron tires, Trac Master tires, and Vredestein Tires. However, fret not, here are the factors you have to take into consideration when buying one.
Tires have estimated tread life expectancies as well as warranty in terms of miles. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires tire manufacturers to display and their products’ UTQG or Uniform Tire Quality Grading rating. The ratings include traction, temperature resistance, and tread wear. The higher the UTQG rating, the longer the life expectancy of their tire products.
Tires have various speed ratings, ranging from Q to Y. These speed ratings refer to the top speed these tires can handle under ideal conditions. Q tires are rated at 99mph, S at 112mph, T at 118mph, U at 124mph, H at 130mph, V at 149mph, W at 168mph, and Y at 186mph. Most cars on the street have V-rated tires. However, when purchasing tires with high speed ratings, be reminded that you might not be using the car at the speed most of the time. Tires with higher speed rating are made from a softer rubber compound. Consequently, they have shorter life expectancy rather than tires made from harder and more durable rubber compound.
When choosing tires for your car, you must take into consideration the weather conditions in your state or location. There are tires that are made especially for wet weather, some for snowy climates, and some for all four seasons. When you’ll be driving most of the time, be sure to consider the weather when choosing your tires.
Believe it or not, some tires are noisier and squeakier than others. However, if you’ll be driving around city streets, this won’t be very noticeable. However, if you’ll be doing most of your driving on the motorways, the noise will quickly become noticeable. The noise of different tires differs among brands and among types within a brand. Be sure to ask your salesperson when you buy your tires.
There are low profile tires and high profile tires. The difference lies on their performance when driving over bumpy roads or ones riddled with potholes. 40 or 50-series low profile tires are more attractive visually. However, they don’t perform well on bumpy roads. 55 to 60-series tires can handle bumps better. They also tend to last longer than low profile tires.
Once you have decided on the quality of tires you would like to purchase, the next decision is to decide how many and which wheels to replace. If you will be replacing just one tire, then choose one that will match with the remaining three. However, if you’ll be changing two tires, make sure to place the new tires on the rear axle and not on the front axle. Replacing all the tires allows the most flexibility in choosing the tire type.