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Driving with the right tire for the right season

The Right Tires For The Right Season

Getting the wrong tire will affect your vehicles performance in tackling all kind of weather. Most car tires fall into three main types: all-season, summer, and winter. All season tires are usually bought because it’s cheaper and you don’t need to keep changing the tire when the season changes.

All-season car tires deliver a good performance usually but they never perform best for the different season. Summer tires deliver better handling and dry/wet braking, but they have no snow traction. On the other side, winter tires have very good snow traction in winter.

All-season tires come in H- and V-speed ratings. They usually provide a better grip for wear resitance ability to insure and prevent an uneven wearing. They are mostly used on SUV’s.

Performance all-season tires come in W- and V-speed rating on many newer cars, especially those with speed enthusiast appeal or after market wheels.

Ultra-high-performance all-season and summer tires typically come in ZR-, W-, and Y-speed ratings for sports cars. Summer tires do not have an M&S (Mud & Snow) marking on the sidewall.

All-Season and All-Terrain truck tires come in large sizes and are designed for the hauling and towing duties of light-duty pickup. Light truck tires have an LT marking and those tires come in a higher ply compared to a passenger tires thus having deeper tread and high saturation contact with the ground.

Winter/snow tires have a snowflake symbol displayed on the sidewall of the tire. A different material and compound rubber are used to keep it soft in cold weather, the tread looks busier than all-season tire.