How Do I Know What Kind of Tire I Need?

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Doc Horvath

With summer driving season in full swing, many of our customers are looking for the latest and greatest technology in either summer or all-season tires.  Within each family of tires, we use performance categories to help differentiate the level of performance expected from any given tire.

Summer Tires

Extreme Performance Summer - For drivers who want extreme dry street performance and are willing to trade some comfort and hydroplaning to get it.

Max Performance Summer - You want an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet street traction and handling and only tires in this category will do.

Ultra High Performance Summer - Tires in this category provide a good blend of dry and wet street performance when "re-tiring" your sports coupe or sedan. They also offer responsive handling and crisp steering response. 

High Performance Summer - Low profile tires that provide responsive handling and crisp steering in both wet and dry conditions. 

Grand Touring Summer - Are you looking for a blend of dry and wet street performance along with responsive handling, noise and ride comfort? Then this category is for you. These tires are often used as Original Equipment and place more emphasis on handling and high-speed capabilities than Standard Touring tires.
 

All-Season Tires

Ultra High Performance All-Season - Branded with the M+S symbol, these ultra low profile tires provide year-round traction, even in light snow, through tread designs and compounds that remain more flexible in cold weather to help blend all-season traction with good handling and high-speed capabilities.

High Performance All-Season - Tires in the High Performance All-Season category provide all-season versatility to drive your sports coupe or sedan in different weather conditions, including light snow.

Grand Touring All-Season - These tires are capable of providing year-round traction (even in light snow), while blending a performance tire's appearance with passenger tire's smooth, quiet ride. They're often used as Original Equipment and place an emphasis on handling and high-speed capabilities compared to Standard Touring tires.

Standard Touring All-Season - Do you need a tire that can give you all-season versatility along with enhanced handling and treadwear? If so, then take a look at tires in the Standard Touring All-Season category. Tires in this category are typically available in lower speed ratings and higher aspect ratio sizes. They often place more of an emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear than Grand Touring tires.

Passenger All-Season - While the steering response and handling capabilities of tires in this category won't match that of performance or touring tires, these tires emphasize good wear, a plush ride and predictable handling.

For more information on performance categories, review this page to learn more about the type of tire that best fits your needs.

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