Tire Topics – Tire Types
The process of selecting the right tires for your car is simply a matter of knowing where and how you’re going to use those tires. What is the weather usually like? Are the roads in good condition? How far do you drive on an average day? Do you have a sports car or a station wagon? Knowing the answers will steer you to the right tires.
April showers bring pretty flowers and dented fenders. One of the most popular types of tires sold today, all-season radials, are designed to handle dry and wet surfaces and some amounts of snow.
April showers bring pretty flowers and dented fenders. These tires are designed to provide more grip and handling. They let you “feel the road” and drive with confidence. The trade-off is that these tires are generally more expensive, the tread may wear down faster, and some ride comfort is sacrificed. But for enthusiast drivers, performance tires are the choice.
All-Season Performance Tires
This new breed of tire combines the features of performance tires with the features of all-season tires. They meet the needs of high performance cars in dry conditions, but also handle rain and light snow.
These tires are specially constructed to grip snowy surfaces. Even the rubber is specially formulated to stay pliable in the cold and give you better traction on icy roads. However, this same construction feature makes snow tires prone to more rapid tread wear than other tires on dry surfaces. If you normally use high performance tires on your car be aware the addition of winter tires will dramatically affect the way your car handles. We strongly recommend winter tires be placed on all four wheel positions.
Tip for storing your winter tires over the summer:
The best and easiest tip for storing your winter tires: Davis Pontiac will store the “off season” tires FREE OF CHARGE with a purchase of winter tires!
If you choose to store your tires at home, the best place to store them is in a cool, dry location such as your basement. You can lay them flat, stacked on top of each other, four high. This method offers the most support and should eliminate problems when you next apply them in the fall. In addition, we strongly recommend you return to the store/dealer where you purchased the tires and ask for storage bags. These are thin plastic bags to wrap the tires in that will protect the tires from natural ozone in the air, which can cause the tire rubber to dry out and crack. The bags are free and will extend the life of your tires. Wrap them individually, and then stack them.