If you’ve been doing research on the right tires for your vehicle, the first thing you probably noticed is that there are a lot of options to choose from. From summer tires to winters or all-seasons, tires come in a wide variety of sizes and specifications to meet the needs of drivers and suit their vehicles. When comparing tires, it’s important to understand the differences between all of the options available, including elements like tire size, treads, warranty and traction grade.
What to Know Before you Compare Tires
Tire Size – If you’re buying tires for the first time, you may not know the exact size your vehicle needs. To find the correct tires, you will need both tire and vehicle information. Luckily, tire size is clearly displayed on the sidewall of most tires. Sizing requirements for your vehicle can be found on the information label located on your driver’s side door or door frame. Your vehicle is designed to work with tires that are a specific size. Installing tires that are the incorrect size can result in serious damage to your vehicle and an extensive repair bill.
Off-Road or On? – If you have an off-road vehicle, you know how much fun off-road tires can be when you’re off-roading. If you choose a set of tires that are designed for off-roading but typically drive on paved roads, you could notice a decrease in fuel mileage, as well as a louder, ultimately less enjoyable ride. Always take some time to think about where you’ll be spending most of your time driving, and choose a set of tires that are designed for those conditions.
What to Consider When you Compare Tires
Traction Grade – A tire’s traction grade scores its ability to handle and stop on wet pavement. From highest to lowest, traction grades are:
A tire graded AA will have the best ability to stop on wet surfaces, while a tire with a C grade may experience difficulty. If you spend a lot of time driving in wet weather, it’s important to consider a set of tires with a high traction grade.
Temperature Grade – The temperature grade of a tire scores its ability to resist and dissipate heat. Recognized temperature grades from highest to lowest are:
Much like traction grades, a tire with a temperature grade of A will run the coolest while driving, while a tire with a C grade will run much hotter. While warm and cold weather can play a role in the temperature of your tires, it’s not the only factor at play. Driving at high speeds can also impact your tire temperature. Extreme heat can cause your tire sidewalls to bubble, your treads to crack, and even blowouts. Because of this, drivers spending a lot of time in warm weather or frequently driving at highway speeds will want to consider tires with a higher temperature grade.
Warranty – Choosing a tire that will excel on the road is important, but you might want to consider a tire that is confidently backed by its manufacturer. Depending on the tire you choose, you should expect a limited warranty for tread wear, as well as a limited warranty that protects you against defects in quality or materials used. Other warranties may offer money back guarantees, as well as coverage based on mileage. Whichever tires you choose, we always recommend the TIRECRAFT Advantage Plus Program. This extended warranty plan includes:
- A limited manufacturer tread wear warranty
- A 12 month, 20,000km mechanical warranty
- A 30 day tire satisfaction guarantee
- Free flat tire repairs
- Road hazard coverage
- Free tire rotations
If you want an additional level of protection and peace of mind when you’re on the road, the TIRECRAFT Advantage Plus Program is right for you.
Which Brand is Best for you? – Your tires are responsible for keeping you safe on the road, so it’s important to choose a brand you feel confident with. Different brands have different specialties, so it’s important to compare which ones are right for your driving habits. Some brands focus more on mileage, environmental responsibility or being long-lasting. Learn more about what makes each brand unique:
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When in Doubt, Trust the Experts!
If you’re still not sure which tires are right for you and your vehicle, there’s only one thing left to do: speak to the experts at your local TIRECRAFT . Our tire technicians can provide answers to any questions you may have about tires and help you drive away on the perfect set of tires. For more information on choosing tires and a wide assortment of other topics, download the Beginner’s Guide to Tires & Maintenance today!Back