What Type Of Tire Is Right For You?
When picking the right tire it’s important to consider many factors such as the type of tire, driving conditions, tread wear and price point. We provide a wide range of tire to fit your needs.
All Season Tires
As the name suggests, all-season tires are specifically designed to provide safe and comfortable driving over a wide range of conditions such as rain, snow or heat. The advantage to all-season tires is that they can remain on your vehicle all year long, and they provide a quieter and more comfortable ride than winter tires. When the temperature goes below 7 degrees, all-season tires become harder and have less traction.
- All-season high-performance tires: Tires that deliver a measure of traction on snow & ice without sacrificing dry performance driving capabilities.
- All-season tires: Tires that provide a good balance of traction in rain or snow with good tread life and a comfortable, quiet ride.
- All-season traction: Indicates the tire’s ability to provide a balance of traction in wet, dry & winter conditions.
Dedicated summer tires will improve the performance and aesthetics of your vehicle. Performance tires are designed for great handling and stability. Usually they are designed with one side of the tire built for dry traction and the other side for wet traction. They may be a stiffer tire which might affect the comfort of your ride. The special compound used in summer tires enhances performance, but may not provide the same tread wear as all-season tires; so you may need to replace them faster.Not recommended for winter driving.
Winter tires have special compounds that improve your traction, stopping ability, and overall handling whenever the thermometer dips below 7°C/45°F. Winter tires provide a high level of grip and control that all-season tires cannot compete with. They are less effective in temperatures above 7 degree, and the tread will wear out much faster. Winter tires are also an added cost.
All Terrain Tires
All terrain tires are built bigger and with increased traction control to handle a variety of road conditions from rain on a city street to a muddy back road. These tires are generally fairly loud, stiff, and not very fuel efficient, but are great for adventure seekers who want to have some fun, but not necessarily go into the bush. They are available in a variety of strengths for durability and designs that provide a look of aggressiveness for different preferences.
Mud-terrain tires are specially designed for off-roading and going where the all-terrain cannot. They are aggressively designed to appeal to car enthusiasts that want to go into the bush or simply make a statement on the road.
Definition of a Tire:
Must be able to carry the vehicle’s load. Has to guide the vehicle. Has to transmit force. Has to deliver the lateral force for turning. Has to absorb shocks & impacts. Has to roll efficiently & be durable.
What a tire must provide:
- Cushioning power – Help isolate all the road irregularities
- Contact point for the vehicle – Steering control & road grip, everything between you & the road.
- Load Carrying – Support load of the vehicle & its contents.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I put “air” in my tires that are filled with nitrogen?
Yes, always put air in your tires instead of driving on them flat. If you can’t find “nitrogen”, that’s ok, just put the regular air into the tire. Can always be corrected later.
- Why do I need winter tires?
Winter tires become effective at 7 degree C & lower. Summer tires start to lose their effectiveness at 7 degrees. All seasons start to lose some of their effectiveness at 7 degrees and lower. Winter tires will lose their effectiveness higher than 7 degrees. Winter tires are more flexible & need to be able to maintain their flex in the colder temperatures, the other tires rubber become harder the colder it gets. If you reverse it, winter tires go very soft in the hot temperatures & wear out much quicker.
- What is Tire Cupping?
Tire Cupping is a wear pattern (worn out spots or scooped out spots) that emerges on your tires when something on your car is out of balance. Tire cupping can be attributed to bent or worn suspension parts, wheel misalignment, an imbalance of the tire or wheel assembly, or a variety of other issues. Once this type of wear patter has occurred, it is irreversible and tires will wear unevenly and need to be replaced sooner than usual.
- What could cause my tire to wear on the inside and/or outside shoulders?
The cause of inside and outside shoulder wear is normally due to improper inflation pressure, hard cornering, frequent mountain driving, improper tire rotation practices, a rim width too wide for the tire or from improper wheel alignment. Commercial delivery service vehicle tires frequently experience this type of wear pattern.
If the tire’s head type is at or below 2/32” in any groove of card material or under tread is exposed, the tire must be replaced. If sufficient tread remains, verify proper width and inch. Fitment is as well as verify adjust inflation pressures, the rotors for maximum wear.
- What should I do if I notice a vibration?
A: Vibration is an indication that your car has a problem that needs attention. The tires, steering system and suspension system should be checked to help determine the possible cause of the vibration. If left unattended, vibration could cause excessive tire and suspension wear and could be dangerous.