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How to Choose the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

When you go to buy tires for your car, there is a good chance that, unless you are an enthusiast, you will get confused by all the names, numbers, and terminologies that you will be presented with. But these are just tires, right? How hard can it be to buy tires for your car? Well, for your average person, it’s pretty hard. So, here is our guide on choosing the right tires for your vehicle and how to know which tire will go best with not just the car itself but also your driving style and whether or not you go off-roading with your car. 

Let’s start with some basic understanding of how driving styles and your vehicle’s configuration affect tire performance, so that you may know which tires to go for. 

The factors affecting the decision to choose the right tires

There are many factors that will determine your purchase. Let’s go through them and understand how to choose the right tires for your vehicle. 

Driving preferences

Considering you drive a regular sports utility vehicle (SUV) or a sedan, there is a good chance that your vehicle offers you the choice between two settings: comfort and performance or sport. Tires pretty much work the same way as well; when you go to buy new tires for your vehicle, foremost in your mind should be this: whether you want tires that ride comfortably and cushion you at the expense of performance, or do you want low profile tires that provide grip and performance more than the cushioning effect? You might think that a car’s suspension is responsible for that, but much of it is actually down to the tire, which is why you need first to consider your preferences and select one. 

Weather considerations

There are essentially three types of tires available on the market right now: summer tires, winter tires, and all-weather tires. All of these are very self-explanatory, but the thing to keep in mind about all-weather tires is that they are the jack of both trades and that they are expensive. On the other hand, weather-specific tires boast excellent performance in their corresponding conditions; summer tires have better vulcanization that leads them to sustain high-temperature driving better, whereas winter tires are best in snowy conditions where grip is lacking. Do factor in the weather conditions in which you will be driving, as it will be helpful in your decision to purchase the right tires for your vehicle

Road types

Given that tires stay in contact with the road at all times, road types will play an essential role in you deciding to go with a specific type of tire for your vehicle. You see, tires react differently to different terrains and road types. Paved roads within a city ride differently than freeways and highways do. On the other hand, off-road or unpaved roads offer a different driving experience and, therefore, require different types of tires. So, take into account your route; if you drive frequently on the interstate or the freeway, you will need different tires. If you have a truck or an SUV and frequently go off-roading, your tire choice for your vehicle will be influenced as such. 

Budgetary considerations

Tires don’t come cheap; that much is obvious. You cannot go about buying new tires every now and then, which is why budgetary constraints and considerations should be factored into the purchase of new tires for your car. If you live in a temperate climate zone where both summers and winters can affect the driving conditions, and if you can spare the expense, you can purchase a set of both winter and summer tires and have them installed when the time comes. Or, if you have an SUV or truck with plenty of grip and traction, a set of all-weather tires can be a great option instead of buying two separate sets. 

Vehicle drivetrain

Vehicle drivetrain also affects the choice between tires. You see, there are essentially three drivetrain options for vehicles: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and all or four-wheel drive. Now, whatever set of wheels the engine is powering will obviously have the most wear. In rear-wheel drive vehicles, the rear tires will wear out faster than the front tires, and vice versa. Tires on an all-wheel drive experience wear on all four sides, so when replacing tires, you can only buy half a set or two tires at a time for rear and front-wheel drive cars. For all-wheel drive vehicles, it’s better to replace an entire set at once, including the spare. 

Now, let’s take a look at choosing the right tires for your vehicles based on tire size and the type of vehicle. 

SUVs, light trucks: These are obviously bigger vehicles, requiring tires of a certain size to be installed. In addition to this, SUVs are also equipped with four-wheel drive and are frequently used for both towing and off-road driving, which subsequently would require the use of specialized tires. On the other hand, light trucks and pickups are used to haul loads and are also used off-road frequently. Given that most trucks sold in Canada and America are rear-wheel drive, you will need to replace the rear tires with something suitable, like a studded tire. 

Passenger vehicles (sedans, hatchbacks, coupes etc): For your regular passenger cars, including sedans, hatchbacks, and coupes, which are only expected to do city and freeway driving at most, normal tires with markings as such will need to be purchased. While these tires can occasionally be used for off-roading or a spot of spirited driving, do bear in mind that this reduces their life, and constantly doing so will have you replacing tires more often than average. 

Commercial vehicles: In the case of commercial vehicles like vans, heavy-duty trucks, and SUVs, the tires will be of a different build entirely. Since the focus for these vehicles is on carrying and transporting weights and loads across all sorts of roads and terrain, these vehicles usually have all-terrain tires, and for winter driving, studded tires that boast excellent grip, traction, and stopping power in case of emergency braking scenarios. 

To conclude, 

Choosing the right tires for your vehicle will involve a lot of research. Still, once that has been done thoroughly and correctly, you can just go ahead and look into different manufacturers and their offerings, like Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear, Continental, or Pirellis. They all have specific tires for specific cars and driving conditions and can be bought from major retailers and take suggestion from tire specialists all across the country. However, to have them installed, you need a trustworthy and professional service; this is where Magnum Autoclub comes in. 

Magnum Autoclub: tire installation services done right!

Magnum Autoclub provides excellent tire installation and maintenance services that ensure optimal performance throughout the year. Whether it’s tire changing, tire maintenance, or tire rotation, we make sure your wheels get the best service and treatment, so you, your car, and the traffic are safe from any mishaps, and you enjoy the full performance of your tires. Whether it’s hard acceleration or hard braking, tires under Magnum’s care won’t ever give up on you, and that’s the Magnum guarantee. 

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