The tires on your car or truck will wear over time, and replacing them can be confusing. Going to the tire shop for new tires is easier when you understand what to look for and how tires are rated.
The first thing you will typically see when looking for new car tires is the mileage rating advertised with the tires. These ratings estimate how long the tire will last with average driving. And only if the suspension and alignment are in perfect condition on the vehicle.
If your car needs an alignment or has a bad ball joint, struct, or tie rod, the tires may not last as long as the listed rating. The mileage rating is not a guarantee, so for someone that spends a lot of time running around locally and not driving on the highway, you may not need a higher mileage-rated tire on your car.
The tire rating also determines the replacement eligibility on the tires if one fails because of a manufacturer's defect. It is vital to understand that the rating does not mean the shop will replace the tire up to that mileage. However, it is often used to prorate the tires and offset the cost of a replacement if you need one.
Tread And Traction
The tread design of your new car tires can play a role in the traction that the tires provide. A high-quality all-season radial tire will work fine on most cars throughout the entire year, but if you live in an area with a lot of snow and ice, they may not be enough. A tire designed for all-season use typically means road travel in fair weather with occasional rain or light snow.
Dealing with snow and mud requires a tire with a tread pattern that is more aggressive and has open space between the lugs on the tread. This design allows the tire to shed snow and mud more effectively so it can grab better as you drive. While they produce good traction, these tire designs can make a little more road noise because of the way the tread contacts the asphalt.
For climates that are extremely wet or rainy, special tread designs are available that are effective at shedding large amounts of water from the tire. These tread patterns can help protect the car from hydroplaning on the road. Choosing the right tread pattern will affect the traction the tire provides, so take some time, and talk to the tire dealer about the tires they offer and what will be most effective for your car.