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.