A common challenge when buying tires is understanding the different types of tires out there, and which one will work best for you. First, its best to examine your vehicle and assess your driving needs.
Do you prefer tires that get you to your destination with ease and comfort? Are you an intense off-roader and need tires that will last in harsh road and weather conditions? We’ve got you covered. Check out the different types below.
PASSENGER TIRE TYPES
The tires designed for this particular class of vehicles are generally engineered to deliver a smooth and quiet ride, reliable all-season traction, and a long lasting tread life. Luxury vehicles that fall into the passenger touring category can find luxury tire options in both the all-season touring and grand-touring categories. While most cars in this segment will conform to these types of tires, some vehicles are modified for enhanced performance, and will need more performance from their tires.
The all-season touring tire is designed to deliver good comfort and handling on the highway, as well as reliable all-season traction. It generally features a symmetrical tread pattern and circumferential grooves for good wet weather grip. All-season tires are typically suited for almost any vehicle, from a Honda Civic to a Mazda CX-5.
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Competition (or track) tires are similar to street performance tires in that they are designed to deliver good performance. These tires provide constant road contact in dry conditions and feature high-tech body and sidewall reinforcements such as Kevlar or aramid.
These tires are designed for extreme performance with a good racing car like a Mustang, BMW, or Camaro. Typically, these are for amateur track days or professional competitions rather than daily driving. If you are in a competition series, your tire specifications are determined by your series’ mandate, so we recommend checking series bylaws to ensure that your competition tires align with your series.
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The tires designed for passenger vehicles are generally engineered to deliver a smooth and quiet ride, reliable all-season traction, and a long-lasting tread life. While most cars in this segment (ex. GMC Arcadia, Ford Explorer, a Honda Pilot, etc) will conform to these types of tires, some vehicles are modified for enhanced performance, and will need more results from their tires.
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Performance tires generally have larger circumferential and lateral grooves for wet weather traction. They also typically feature fairly dense siping, higher speed ratings than touring tires, and silica-enriched tread compounds for better grip regardless of the weather.
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Summer tires are geared for performance in both wet and dry conditions but are not designed for all-season traction. They are optimized for warm weather and deliver grip and responsive handling. Summer tires generally feature solid contact patches, adequate circumferential grooves for hydroplaning resistance, and little to no siping.
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Touring tires, also called Grand touring tires are designed to deliver a comfortable ride and reliable all-season traction, with the addition of more responsive handling. They generally have a higher speed rating than all-season tires, and often feature an asymmetrical tread pattern.
Performance, sport, and sedan vehicles (ex: a Kia Sorento, Toyota Camry, Dodge Challenger, etc.) will require enhanced handling capabilities. They often want reasonable traction in a variety of conditions, but the focus leans towards performance than comfort. There are luxury options available in both the all-season performance and summer performance segments.
Check out our selection of touring tires.
TRUCK AND SUV TIRE TYPES
There are truck and SUV tire types that will meet your needs wherever you drive. These tires are divided up by the different uses of the vehicle, so you may benefit from a more aggressive tire for harsher road conditions or either a smoother, longer lasting tread for highway driving.
All-terrain, or AT tires generally have an aggressive tread pattern containing larger tread blocks and more voids to provide traction in off-road driving conditions. Typically, these are suited for vehicles such as a Range Rover, Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, and the like. Many people enjoy all-terrain tires because they have a more aggressive look with minimal sacrifice in noise, comfort, or longevity.
Most AT tires achieve this off-road traction with little to no on-road discomfort and provide highway stability. AT tires are designed to handle gravel, sand, and light mud and often feature the Mountain Snowflake Symbol.
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Mud-terrain, or MT tires feature extremely aggressive tread patterns with larger tread blocks and even more voids than AT tires. This pattern allows for more traction in soft terrains like deep mud and sand, while giving the tire a more rugged appearance.
The sidewalls are reinforced to resist punctures, abrasions, and tears that commonly occur when driving off-road. Mud-terrain tires are generally less comfortable on roads, and tend to be noisier than less aggressive tires. They are best for vehicles that see regular off-road driving, off-road enthusiasts, or those looking for an off-road appearance.
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Sport truck (sometimes called performance truck) tires feature all-season tread patterns that are optimized for a variety of weather conditions and generally have sipes for enhanced traction. These tires also feature an asymmetrical tread pattern and boast high speed ratings.
OTHER TIRE TYPES
If you find yourself in need of specialty tires, we have just the ones you’re looking for. Perhaps you need tires for your lawn mower or maybe you need to replace your spare. We have temporary spare tires, ATV tires, trailer tires, and lawn/garden tires. Whether you need to outfit your golf cart, or replace tires on your trailer, we have the tires you need.
ATV or UTV tires are available in mud, sand, all-terrain, and racing types. They can feature large individual tread blocks and large voids, which deliver excellent traction in sand, mud, gravel, and rocks. In general, the more aggressive the tread pattern is, the more aggressive the usage can be.
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Lawn, Garden, & Golf
We also have lawn and garden tires available. These include: dolly (aka hand truck) tires, wheelbarrow tires, lawn mower tires, and golf cart tires.
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Temporary spare tires are available in either compact or full size. Compact temporary spares, aka donut spares, are for temporary use only. They are typically rated for up to 50 miles, at speeds up to 50mph and require a higher air pressure than standard tires. Full size spares are generally the same size as vehicle tires with the same tire type as the original equipment.
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Trailer tires are available in either bias ply or radial ply constructions. Bias ply tires typically can carry more weight for longer periods of time but tend to have more irregular wear and a rougher ride than radial tires. Radial ply tires provide a smoother ride and are better suited for highway driving.
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Winter tires are designed for the best possible traction in harsh winter conditions. They feature heavy siping and deep circumferential grooves that work to expel snow and slush buildup from the contact patch. We have two types of winter tires, studded and studless (non-studded).
The studded winter tires feature small metal studs, or pins, that are engineered to deliver good traction on heavily icy surfaces, but can cause additional noise and discomfort. These are suitable only in the harshest of winter conditions and are illegal in some states. Double check with your state’s regulations before purchasing these.
Studless winter tires are designed for great traction in winter conditions, and even provide reasonable grip on ice. The features are the same as studded, but these are recommended for winter weather conditions that aren’t extreme enough for studded tires. You may see this referred to as “studdable” which are studless tires that can have studs added if necessary.
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If you aren’t sure about which tire type suits you, fear not! Stop by one of our locations and we'll get you taken care of!