Think of your car’s tyres like your shoes. You might be the kind of person who likes to wear one pair of sneakers everywhere, just like you like to have only one set of tyres that you drive all the time. Yet both are a mistake, especially if you travel or live in a specific type of climate.
You wouldn’t wear sneakers to a black-tie function, and you wouldn’t wear high heels to hike a mountain. You need the right footwear for the occasion.
Different tyres serve different needs.
All Season tyres are commonly used. These tyres have properties that make them suitable to handling both dry and wet conditions.
Most cars come with all-season tyres when you buy them, and you are likely to get an all-season tyre when you buy new tyres unless you specify otherwise. These are all-around dependable tyres that provide good handling in most driving conditions.
If you live in an area that gets a lot of heavy rain, or you frequently drive off road, you won’t be able to rely exclusively on your all-season tyres. You will need to upgrade to get more protection and better handling.
If you own a Jeep or a pickup truck, you might enjoy driving off road sometimes. Maybe you just want to ramble through wooded trails, or maybe you actually enjoy adventure sports like mountain climbing. Off-road tyres will help you handle whatever rugged terrain comes your way.
Off-road tyres have thick tread with deep grooves to help them cut through sand, gravel, mud, water and more and to better grip the surface of the path. Off-road tyres offer maximum traction by diverting water and soft materials like mud and sand.
Off-road tyres are also built to withstand a lot of impact. The construction is puncture-resistant, and the sidewall is reinforced.
All-terrain tyres are typically sold on trucks and SUVs, which can be used as both workhorses and passenger vehicles. These tyres are meant to match the flexibility of the vehicle, helping it drive through both city streets and off-road paths.
All-terrain tyres have the deep tread of off-road tyres for added grip, but they also have the traction requires for flat, asphalt roads. When driving city streets, all-terrain tyres are a little noisier thanks to their open tread style.
Low-profile tyres are focused on improving the handling and performance of the car. These are tyres for those who enjoy weekend cruising or who just spend a lot of time in their cars and want a better experience.
Low-profile tyres take their name from the fact that they have a short sidewall and a wide tread. The shorter sidewall enables a longer rim with bigger brakes. The setup allows you to stop more quickly and precisely. The wider tread provides more grip on the road, which improves performance when making turns.
Besides their functionality, some people also buy low-profile tyres for the way they look, which some consider to be sleeker and more sophisticated. Those driving luxury vehicles might want low-profile tyres for the more modern design they offer.
You may not ever be a race car driver, but with performance tyres, you can get a little taste of what it’s like to be on the race track. These tyres are designed to provide excellent handling and maneuverability. Whether you are driving at fast speeds or making quick turns, these tyres will grip the road and guide your car where it needs to go.
Performance tyres have strong sidewalls and soft rubber, helping them to better grip the road and perform with precision. Because the tyres are made of this softer rubber, they do not last as long as some other types of tyres. The faster speeds and rougher handling you are likely to put performance tyres through can also contribute to their lower life span.