How do I know what tires to buy?
Locate a placard on the driver’s side door that indicates what size tires fit your car. For example, your tire size might read P215/65 R15. This string of numbers and letters denotes the tire width, the height compared to the width, and the diameter. In most cases, your new tires should match this size.
Does the brand matter for tires?
You will not just be buying a brand name, but purchasing one of the most important and least expensive improvements, your car can have. Like anything you buy, the quality and name brand of tires can make a big difference in how much they cost. Typically, the higher the quality, the more the tires will cost.
What are the 3 types of tires?
Most car tires fall into three main types: all-season, summer, and winter.
What brand of tires should I stay away from?
As per our research, the list of worst tire brands includes Firestone, Falken, Carlisle, General Tires, Westlake, AKS, Goodyear, GeoStar, Autogreen, and Chaoyang. These worst quality tires wear out quickly, and you will soon have to invest in new tires again.
What is better all season or all weather tires?
Generally speaking, all-seasons are intended for use only in warm, dry, and mild wet conditions. All-weather tires, on the other hand, are suitable for mild winter conditions with heavy rain, snowfall, and slush.
What is the best time of the year to buy tires?
And here’s the secret: Buy your tires in October or April to save the most on your new set of wheels. Tires go on sale in October to encourage consumers to buy before winter and again in April when the weather gets warm enough for people to start thinking about road trips and joy rides.
Is Michelin better than Bridgestone?
Determining the better tire brand between Bridgestone and Michelin is not easy. They both manufacture excellent products across the board. Factors such as tire type and vehicle type play an important role too. However, we rank Michelin slightly ahead as the best overall tire manufacturer in the industry.
How much of a difference do good tires make?
Having a new set of tires will provide a cushion of safety for the next 65,000 to 100,000 miles of the vehicle’s life (depending on the tire tread-wear rating). At the same time, new tires increase the ability of your vehicle to stop, go and turn.
Do more expensive tires last longer?
The study found that none of the tires measured up to the brands you already know and trust. While one of the tires in the study was half the price of its more expensive cousin, the more expensive tire lasted nearly three times longer.
What tires are most durable?
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ All Season Performance Radial Tire is currently the most durable tire, providing superior grip and control. Michelin tires maintain wet braking performance throughout their entire life, even as they wear, which makes them a top choice for long-lasting tires.
Which type of tires last the longest?
The longest lasting tires in Consumer Reports’ tests are the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus. They claim 90,000 miles, and Consumer Reports estimates they’ll go 100,000. Consumer Reports says don’t expect to get all your money back if your tires wear out before the mileage warranty.
Is the speed rating of a tire important?
The speed rating tells you the speed the tire can safely maintain over time. A higher speed rating usually means you will have better control and handling at higher speeds – and that the tire can take the extra heat. As a general rule, tires with higher speed ratings also handle better at slower speeds.
Should I get H or V rated tires?
If you feel the need to drive at or above 130 mph then you should get a “V” speed rated set of tires. If you don’t plan on driving that fast, then an “H” speed rated set is the better option.
Should I get H or T-rated tires?
H-Rated Tires: This is a perfect, average tire for most sedans and commuter vehicles. It might not seem to fit in our chart, but the tire speed rating “H” is rated for up to 130 mph. T-Rated Tires: This tire is often recommended for family sedans and vans. It’s rated for up to 118 mph.
What does the T or H mean on tires?
So, what does the T or H mean on tires? The “T” or “H” on tires pertain to their speed ratings. A T-rated tire can withstand top speeds of up to 118 mph (190 km/h), while an H-rated tire can support up to 130 mph (210 km/h). It is important to note these markings and stay within those speed limits.
What does XL mean on a tire?
XL (or Reinforced) tyres are ‘extra load‘ tyres – they indicate that a tyre is reinforced to be able to withstand a higher load than other tyres of the same size.