States Requiring Operating TPMS

All new vehicles built for sale in the United States, as of September 2008, must be fitted with a T.P.M.S. (tire pressure monitoring system). Maintaining proper tire pressure for a vehicle is an important factor in how much load its tires can carry. To help ensure driver's safety, some states require the T.P.M.S. to be operating in order to pass their...  Read More

Mixing Tires

I only need to replace one tire. What tire should I get to match the other tires on my car? Drivers should avoid mixing tires with different tread patterns, internal constructions or sizes and use identical tires on all of their vehicle's wheel positions in order to maintain the best control and stability. Additionally, drivers should never mix winter tires...  Read More

Comparing Shoes and Tires

As technology advances, modern winter tires improve and provide ice and snow traction that is better than before. The research and development used to create the tread designs and rubber compounds has evolved beyond what you may have experienced previously.All of the tire companies we represent and seven out of ten vehicle manufacturers recommend four winter...  Read More

Snow Tires aka Winter Tires

The term "snow tires" or the more modern phrase "winter tires" are interchangeable for the same products that are designed to give added traction or more importantly, control, for driving in snow and ice.The performance gains are provided by either designing the tread pattern to give the tire a bigger bite (tread lugs farther apart) or making the tread...  Read More

Continental Winter Contact

Recently we conducted testing for winter tires here at Tire Rack. The Continental ExtremeWinterContact is a very strong winter performer that outperforms the number one rated Michelin Xice Xi2 in cornering and braking. While riding and driving on this tire, it was very evident the Continental delivers more control.I would have no problem putting this tire on...  Read More

Firestone Destination A/T

When it comes to a good value for an On/Off-Road All-Terrain tire, an often overlooked, particularly good value is the Firestone Destination A/T. In the P-metric sizes, this tire comes with a 50,000 mile tread life warranty from the manufacturer along with a 30-Day Buy and Drive guarantee. All of this is standard while providing superior performance in all...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Studless Ice and Snow Tire

Yesterday I had the opportunity to test four different Studless Ice and Snow winter tires. Comparisons were conducted on an indoor hockey rink here in South Bend, Indiana and included acceleration and braking tests along with a cornering demonstration. We drove on the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and the Bridges...  Read More

Explanation of Tire Speed Ratings

All cars, SUVs and CUVs have a minimum recommended speed rating that Tire Rack use as a guideline for making tire recommendations. This speed rating is often misunderstood by the public. The minimum speed rating does exceed the legal speed limits of the United States but is not the main focus of speed ratings for practical purposes. Speed ratings provided...  Read More

Measuring Tread Depth

Did you know you that you can use U.S. coins as a substitute for a tire tread depth gauge? Of course, this method is not as accurate as using an actual tread depth gauge, but it is a reasonable substitute.Tread depths can vary from one tire size to another. As your tire wears, it loses its ability to process the water on the road. Even though a tire is...  Read More

Yokohama S.drive Tires

At Tire Rack, we do our own tire testing and at the end of every test session, I walk away from the track with a favorite "go-to" tire. In August of 2007, when we tested the Yokohama S.drive I ended up favoring it as my "go-to" tire for the Ultra High Performance Summer category. The S.drive’s radial is designed to use Yokohama's technological advancements...  Read More

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01

Recently, Tire Rack conducted a test that included the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01. The performance of this tire was consistent with the Sumitomo brand of recent years. Noise levels for this tire showed a noticeable advantage over its competitors. It also does an excellent job of minimizing the harshness of impacts. When tested against competitors on a dry track,...  Read More

Michelin Cross Terrain SUV

As the owner of a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada SUV, I have had the opportunity to use the Michelin Cross Terrain SUV tire. This tire was the Original Equipment tire for the Bravada and living in northern Indiana, I used this tire year-round. I found that the Cross Terrain SUV delivers sufficient traction for wintertime conditions and, typical of Michelins,...  Read More

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS- D3 Max Performance Summer Tire

As the owner of a 1992 Chevrolet Corvette LT1, I use the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 with a great deal of satisfaction and success. It provides superior cornering and dry weather traction along with adequate wet traction. I would not deliberately take the car out in the rain but during an occasional downpour when I'm already out, I have no complaints. I find...  Read More

Goodyear Eagle GT

I have a 27 year-old daughter who is the owner of a 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc 2.0T sedan. When it came time to replace her tires, good old dad (me) chose to send her Goodyear Eagle GT tires. Living in Indianapolis, she is at the southern edge of the snow belt. Rather than expect her to do a winter tire change over in the spring and fall she was a good candidate for...  Read More

General Grabber HTS Tires

Living here in northern Indiana we experience extreme summer and winter conditions. I am the owner of a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Last October I purchased a set of General Grabber HTS Tires for my Cherokee and used them through our harsh Indiana winter. My Original Equipment tires removed were the Goodyear Wrangler SRA. Both sets were outline white letter...  Read More

Directional Treads

One of the fequently asked questions about installing tires is "is it possible to put my tires on backwards?" The answer is "yes!" Some tires made by Hankook, SumitomoBridgestone and many more tire makers are "Directional" or "Unidirectional tires." Directional (Unidirectional) Tread PatternsA directional (also called a unidirectional) tread pattern is...  Read More

Symmetrical, Asymmetrical or Directional??

Regardless if you're shopping for Continental Brand Car tires or for your Lincoln Continental, more tires show tread patterns of unique shapes. One of the most frequently asked questions is "I mounted my asymmetric tread car tires purchased online and it looks like two of the tires are running backwards. Did I get two of the wrong tires?" The answer is...  Read More

30 Years of Down and Dirty

Greetings,  in order to add a little credibility to my ramblings let me begin by saying I was a working manager in a retail tire store for 28 years. My responsibilites included everything form hiring and firing to overseeing accounting and training. I have seen and worked on tire and wheel applications from bicycles and wheelbarrows to Buicks, Porshes and...  Read More