You should replace your car tires every six years; even sooner if you do a lot of driving.
Any longer, you will be risking the safety of yourself and your passengers. Plus, you will be losing a lot of traction and performance when on the road.
But with a wide selection to choose from, which are the best tires for your vehicle? Read our short guide to find out the difference between the types of car tires.
All Season Tires
Most modern-day vehicles come equipped with these types of tires. All-season tires are designed to be able to handle most weather conditions and remain reliable throughout the year.
Many drivers choose to leave them on throughout the winter months, which may not be advisable depending on the levels of snow and ice. They provide a much smaller degree of traction on a snowy road than specific snow tires.
Within the all-season tires category, there are two sub-categories of tires: performance tires and touring tires.
Performance tires are designed to give the car a sporty feel and much sharper handling than standard all-season tires. If you like to drive fast or more aggressively, these are the tire type for you.
Touring tires will provide more traction at the cost of handling, providing you with a tire that has more endurance. Some varieties of touring tires can be used in all seasons and are more like a winter tire, at the cost of handling during the drive.
Summer tires will give you the best wet and dry traction in warmer weather. They provide better cornering and greater stopping distances in these conditions. The problem is that they do not work well as the temperature begins to descend.
On icy or even colder roads, they will lose traction and skid much more than all-season tires would. In fact, summer tires can lead to accidents, especially if the driver is unaware of the temperature change and is driving a powerful car. Be careful and only use them when the weather is warm.
Winter Tires, also known as snow tires, work best in icy conditions. They provide the absolute best grip on snow-covered roads. No other tire in this list will match them for traction on the road.
They will, however, wear out much more quickly in normal conditions. If you wear them on your car all the time, you will be looking at buying new car tyres every year.
Ideally, you should have a second set of winter tires available for your vehicle if you live somewhere where you get a lot of snow and then change them out when needed.
Track And Competition Tires
Track and Competition tires are used purely for performance and should not be used for daily driving. They are often heavily reinforced with Kevlar and designed for maximum performance at speed.
You will need to check that any track tires you purchase are legal to drive on the road before taking them off the track.
Car Tires For All Eventualities
Hopefully, this guide has given you a better idea of the different car tires you can put on your vehicles. Speak with your local specialist and make sure that you have the right kind of tire for the best performance on your local roads.
If you enjoyed this article, please check out another on our blog.