Time for New Tires? Consider These Factors When Shopping!06.17.2012
The tires that originally came with your vehicle may very well not be the best for it. In fact, the decision should be completely based on what you want out of your tires. That’s why your auto repair shop has a wide range of tires from which to choose.
The first step in determining which tires to put on your vehicle is choosing what you want your tires to do. There are a number of different types of tires, and each type has a set of general characteristics. Consider the following factors as you shop for new tires:
Low-rolling resistance is an aspect of tires that many people are now giving more consideration. This is because tires with lower-rolling resistance can help to substantially increase fuel economy.
For the average driver, tire life is an important factor. For cars, passenger tires generally have the longest lifespans and are made to handle a variety of different environments. On trucks and SUVs, AP, or all-purpose, tires are made to last long, carry load, and handle all types of conditions.
Performance tire types include touring, performance, high performance, ultra-high performance, and competition tires. While touring tires are just a step above passenger tires, ultra-high performance tires are made for maximum performance and usually used on top-of-the-line sports cars. Competition tires are made specifically for racing and meet DOT standards for those criteria. Take note that as performance increases, tread life generally decreases.
When looking for utility truck or SUV tires, all-terrain are the most popular and made to handle just about every task from mud to snow. Mud terrain tires, on the other hand, are made solely for the purpose of handling rough off-road conditions.
Bucaro Brothers Auto Care offers tire services as well as a full shop for nearly every type of vehicle on the road. Call us at (773) 570-4541 for more information on our Chicago-area services, including brake repair and mechanic services.